Manchester United hasn’t forgotten what happened late last season as arch-rival Manchester City stole the Premier League title right out from under them. This year is a different story as the Red Devils are now in position to regain their title after City’s 3-1 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.
Samir Nasri’s early goal looked to be the beginning of a rout, but the Spurs fought back in the second half and secured three points from the Citizens. Tottenham’s huge win was even bigger for United as Wayne Rooney and company can now win the Premier League title with a victory at Old Trafford against Aston Villa on Monday.
A win on Sunday will give United their 20th league title and their fifth in the past seven seasons. Liverpool has 18 league titles for second all-time but hasn’t won since the 1989-90 season and are currently dealing with a striker who has a knack for biting people.
The Red Devils have controlled the Premier League in 2013 as Manchester City didn’t capitalize early on and failed to win favored matches. City got the best of United in the Manchester Derby a few weeks ago, but it hasn’t slowed down United as the cup is now one match away.
The Red Devils are coming off a 2-2 draw with West Ham last Wednesday and look to get back to their winning ways against Aston Villa. Here’s a video of highlights from their match with West Ham this past week:
According to ESPN, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that his team can not only secure the cup on Monday but also go on to top Chelsea’s league-record of 95 points in a season. United currently sits atop the standings with 81 points and have five matches left to make a run at Chelsea’s record.
If they win out, United will finish with 96 points and have the record though Chelsea stands in their way. The Red Devils will face Chelsea on May 5th and you can be sure the Blues aren’t going to be comfortable with handing over their record that easily.
Will Manchester United beat Aston Villa on Monday to regain the Premier League title from rival Manchester City? Can the Red Devils string together five more wins to top Chelsea’s single-season points’ record?
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