Manchester United: The Empire Strikes Back to Back to Back...

Kym CharlesContributor IMay 17, 2009

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 16:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates winning the Barclays Premier League trophy after the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on May 16, 2009 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Once again Manchester United sit atop the English Premier League tree after toughing out a hard, defensive match with Arsenal.  They only needed one point to take the title, and that's what they got after a 0-0 draw.  A relentless pursuit by Liverpool has fallen a few points short.  I guess The Reds only have themselves to blame, after throwing a few points away in the middle of the season.

The all conquering Red Devils have endured a long season where they have travelled halfway round the world for the World Club Cup (which they won) and with European and domestic cup games to deal with, they have played about 376 games (well closer to 70, but you get the point). 

It has been a season of hard fought wins and defensive brilliance from ManU.  Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar enjoyed a 14 game streak in the middle of the season where he didn't concede a goal.  Superstar and all-around prat Cristiano Ronaldo didn't hit the heights of last season after missing the first few games of the season, due to injury, and never recaptured the goal scoring magic of the last campaign, even though he has scored 18 goals.

The manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to continue juggling the needs of his squad and the egos involved.  It must be a massive headache for him, but I guess it is one that gets better when the results come his way.  They still have one massive game to get through, the Champions League final.

I am sure Manchester United will celebrate this win hard, but after the game against Barcelona.  Who knows, it might be a double celebration.