Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Reds Crowned Champions


United have been crowned Premiership champions for a record ninth time after closest rivals Chelsea failed to beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
A first half penalty from Gilberto Silva gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead over Jose Mourinho's men who were reduced to ten men just before the break when Khalid Boulahrouz was sent off for a foul on Julio Baptista which led to the spot-kick.
Michael Essien levelled on 70 minutes but the Blues could find no way through after that in a hugely tense affair.
Twenty-four hours Chelsea had seen United secure a 1-0 win over local neighbours Manchester City on Saturday.
It's the ninth Premiership title the Reds have won under Sir Alex Ferguson and it's arguably their greatest ever triumph.
The Reds will be presented with the Championship trophy after their final game of the season against West Ham at Old Trafford on Sunday. Before that they face a mid-week trip to Stamford Bridge.
Victory in their next two games would give United a record Premiership points' total of 94 points.
Their best ever to date came at the end of the 1993/94 season when they finished on 92 points. They came within a point of that in 1999/2000 when they ended the campaign on 91.

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