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Manchester United: 30 Years of the Premier League

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But only the ‘Arsenal Invincibles’ have completed a season unbeaten with Arsene Wenger’s side producing 26 wins and 12 draws in the 2003-04 campaign. Issue was raised with the financing of the club and the controversial "European Super League" plans which the Glazers had been part of. They would become pillars of the United squad of the mid-2000s and would soon be joined by a young Portuguese winger who would take Beckham's number 7 shirt by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo. United had beaten rivals Liverpool with two injury-time goals in the fourth round, and had also overcome Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on their way to the last four tie with Arsenal.

The following season, United broke the record they had equalled in 2009, and surpassed Liverpool's tally of 18 league titles. With just seconds remaining at Selhurst Park, Beckham spotted Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan off his line and sent the ball sailing over him with the cleanest of strikes.

They take on Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday needing to win to stand any chance of progressing in the Champions League. The two had infamously clashed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, raising doubts about whether they could work together on the pitch at United. In the midst of his greatest ever season in red, Ronaldo scored his 42nd of a remarkable year to put United in front, before a series of deflections helped Frank Lampard equalise for Chelsea late in the first-half. United were nip and tuck with Aston Villa for the title for much of the campaign, but went on to win at a canter and finished 10 points clear of their closest rivals.

Manchester United also broke their own record of the most points in a season, set by themselves the previous season. In 1986, the club parted ways with manager Ron Atkinson, and appointed Scottish coach Alex Ferguson to take the reins at Old Trafford.Key figures such as Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Ince and Steve Bruce are not in the photo, but with the likes of Hughes, Robson and Pallister present there was still plenty of real Man Utd royalty. On 14 May 2011, after a 1–1 draw to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, United broke the English league title record by winning their 19th title, surpassing Liverpool's record of 18 titles, which they equalled in the 2008–09 season. I have had a marvelous relationship with the manager, coach, staff and players, and, not least, the fans. Change was afoot at Old Trafford, as the ruthlessness of Alex Ferguson was to be shown in the summer of 1995. One former Red Devils star previously shocked fans with his appearance after sharing a pint with a fan in a Manchester pub, and they were present alongside their former colleagues at Saturday's reunion as well.

He put the icing on another Player of the Year-winning season by scoring a late winner in a dire 1-0 final, sealing the fifth trophy in four years for Ferguson's Manchester United. Eleven years later, in 1968, they became the first English club to win the European Cup, and only the second British side after Celtic had won it the year before. In 1992, the Football League split, with the top clubs restructuring the First Division into a new competition known as the Premier League. United's top scorer in the league that season was a new signing from Norwegian side Molde by the name of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.By the time the Premier League era of English football began, however, Manchester United had been waiting 26 years for a league title.

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