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Do Manchester United Deserve This Season’s Title?

After securing a terrific win over Chelsea, Manchester United is in an unsailable position to win the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League title, but do they really deserve to lift the trophy?

A lot of pundits have debated back-and-forth about if this United team has the mettle to win the title all season long, but that should all be put to bed when, not if, the Reds claim the title in the next two weeks.

Only needing a solitary point from their next two fixtures to claim the trophy outright, United have certainly been the most consistent throughout the entire season – without being consistent.

This has to be one of those most turbulent seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson’s 24 years in charge at Old Trafford with all of the trials and tribulations that the club has faced – both on the field and off.

Sure others teams have had their issues, but my goodness, anything that could rise up and provide any sort of hiccup has. One thing that United has had to do that the other teams have not is to battle the proven jinx that has surrounded the No. 19 since Liverpool last won their last league title in 1989/90 when it was the old English Division One.

On top of the curse, the Reds have battled injuries to key players; a self-inflicted contract dispute; unjust suspensions to both the manager and key players and, yes, shoddy refereeing decisions that has allowed their title rivals to even be close to them in the standings. This is not crying foul, but stating the obvious. Not many clubs could handle playing without their 34-goal striker; be without six first-choice defenders or play manager-less in the season’s run-in without dropping points or losing matches in the process.

Admirably, when United seemed to have their luck run out, they rebounded well and played with passion and desire, which should appease every single supporter. If United get that point in one of their next two matches, then they would have been in first place for 24 straight weeks. In round 15 and 16, the Reds were level on points with Arsenal, but since then they have had the position on lock down.


To be honest, United has been as consistent as every other club in the league, but when a team wins 17 of their 18 matches at home they should win the league. The 52 points that they amassed at Old Trafford count for 68% of their season total to date, and that is eight more than Chelsea and 15 more than Arsenal.

With one more home match to play, the Reds have scored a staggering, league-best 45 goals in those matches – seven more than the Blues and 13 more than the Gunners. That helped United strut to a +35 goal differential, which was nine better than Chelsea and 16 better than Arsenal.

Not since 2003/04 has a club won the league title with more than 10 draws, which is the exact number that United has this season. Nine of those ties have come away from Old Trafford, where the Reds have been highly criticized for their form.


What is most amazing about that criticism is that United is level with Arsenal for the least amount of defeats, four, away from home. Despite playing below their glittering best all season long, the Reds boast the fourth best record on the road with 24 points, which is six short of Arsenal’s league-leading total (Chelsea – 26, Manchester City 25).

Even though this might sound redundant, the thing that has hurt United away from Old Trafford was the fact that they conceded way too many goals and awful times of the match, so they could only muster up a +4 goal differential on their travels. However, with one match still to play, against Blackburn at Ewood Park, the Reds have managed to still be third in goals scored (28), and fifth in goals against (24).

There is not an argument that anyone could make that would suggest that Manchester United would not be worthy champions of the Barclays Premier League this season.

Submitted by The United Religion




  1. Football Kit News

    May 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    United have always managed to get results when they require them the most.

    Ofcourse their performances haven’t been the all conquering types, but at the end of the day, Arsenal and Chelsea have not been able to take advantage when they should have.

    • samuel

      May 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

      All thanks to inept refereeing and linesmen who couldn,t see a blatant Vid
      ichandball vs Arsenal,meaning a straight red card and automatic three
      match suspension costing old red nose dearly ,another straihgt red card vs West Ham ,Vidic again pulls
      Carlton Cole back while on his
      way to scoring a third goal ,last defen
      de red card off the pitch,but it didn,t happen two blatant penalties for Black
      pool at home to Trash.United,but not giv
      enand plenty more dubious ref. decisions
      which couldn,t be given as United have
      to beat Liverpool,s 18 titles whatever
      it takes,so there we have it ?

      • phil

        May 14, 2011 at 12:50 am

        are you kidding me, you seem to be completely forgetting the decisions against us, luiz red card never given followed by a dodgy pen

        zigic goal offside handball and push in the back cost us 2 points, carragher blatent red card which would have given us a good chance to come back against the pool

        not forgetting the league would have been over a week earlier had it not been for chelsea drawing 1-1 with an offside goal but being given 3 points for this

  2. Dominic

    May 13, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Because they are the “best” of a bad bunch

  3. Jim

    May 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I always wonder why we get into the “deserve” debate, if not United, then who deserves the title? Nobody????? Surely not another team that ended up with fewer points regardless of how beautiful they played or the number of draws or win away??? YES UNITED DESERVE IT, what a silly question

    • HP

      May 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      True…The whole idea of deserving something is for people who usually come second.

      You either win it or you don’t.

  4. browny

    May 13, 2011 at 11:40 am

    As an Arsenal fan I would say yes they deserve it. I do not think this is the greatest United side and in the head to head games between us and them there is not much difference but they are far more consistent. Chelsea also had an unexplained dodgy patch which they will feel stopped them winning the title. I feel the title was there for the taking by Arsenal this season but where Utd have literally pulled points out of the bagcArsenal have thrown away points they had in the bag. We let in goals for 2 draws with the last kick of the game against Sunderland and Liverpool. The 4-4 with Newcastle from 4-0 up was a joke and in both games against Spurs we had 2 goal leads and took a total of one point from these games. United would have won all these games from those positions and that represents 11 points. It is our fault we did not contend it in the end not because Utd were destroying teams and running away with it but they deserve it because which ever way you look at it and what people feel about their current team relative to previous ones is irrelevant. To say they don’t deserve it is a bit strong.

  5. mids

    May 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    didnt read the article but the answer is yes they do since no one seem to bother to put that bit extra to overtake`em

  6. seagoon

    May 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I could point to the dreadful decisions that have robbed us of points (yes more than the expected average) but of course Utd deserve the title. Why? They have more points. What are we supposed to do? Give the title to some team with less points?

  7. Ron

    May 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    MU deserved the title, I don’t think so. Current MU squad doesn’t have anything to be proud of compared to the squad consist of Eric Cantona and Kanchelkis. They played much more better than the current squad. With the help of the FA, MU should win more than 1 title. The FA is favouring MU bcoz the manager is Scotish. Unless MU win with a fair and square treatment from the FA and the reff, than MU deserve the title. It is to obvious that the FA and the Reff is favouring MU for the past few years. The FA doesn’t like anybody else from outside the English Country to survive. No wonder England can’t win the World Cup unless play in the English country. Think about it.

  8. WillyG

    May 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    What a stupid question. If not them,then who??? The team led by a stupid and stubborn manager who wouldn’t beef up the team in January when they had the championship in their hands for two consecutive seasons??

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  10. Kofi

    May 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Any team that seems to be catching up with united always got bad officiating against them. The official gave the trophy to united. They did not earn it. Rooney elbow, vidic hand ball, Blackpool penalties etc

  11. Doris

    May 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Haters manchester united d title Deserve

  12. dan

    May 14, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Is there any other epl team in the cl final? Manu, though a thoroughly disgusting side, have gone further in more competitions than any epl side this year, and clearly have earned the title. Yet, that does not in any way dimish the fact that they are truly a disgusting club.

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