2010-2011: Title no.19 for Manchester United

Champions Manchester United Biggest Win Manchester United 7-1 Blackburn Rovers
Runners-Up Chelsea Highest Scoring Game Everton 5-3 Blackpool
Third Place Manchester City Top Goalscorer Dimitar Berbatov & Carlos Tevez (20)
Relegated Birmingham City, Blackpool, West Ham United Goals Scored 1063

The 2010-2011 Premier League season would turn into one of the most unpredictable campaigns, with many surprising results, proving that no outcome is guaranteed in the most envied league in the world.

Champions Chelsea made a formidable start, racking up back-to-back 6-0 victories in the first two weekends of the season. However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side completely crumbled in the autumn. A 2-0 defeat at Anfield started a dreadful run of form that saw them only win two of their next 11 matches. Although they recovered from this, the damage to their title defence had been done.

Manchester United placed emphasis on youth in their transfer dealings and the goals of Javier Hernandez would prove pivotal time and again for the Red Devils. Dimitar Berbatov enjoyed his best Premier League campaign and shared the Golden Boot award with 20 goals alongside Carlos Tevez of Manchester City. This all came in a season where Wayne Rooney’s form dropped off significantly and he handed in a transfer request in October which was changed days later.

United took top spot in November after a 7-1 thumping of Blackburn Rovers and rarely let go of top spot afterwards. They only managed six wins away from home but stunning comebacks to beat Blackpool and West Ham United, plus a lucky New Years’ Day success at West Bromwich Albion were major results in their bid to take the title back from Chelsea. They stayed unbeaten until early February and a Rooney penalty on the penultimate weekend of the season ensured a draw at Blackburn and with it, a 19th league title to become England’s most successful league club.

Manchester City had another summer spending spree, adding David Silva, Yaya Toure and the precocious talent of Mario Balotelli to their ranks. City finished a fine third and won the FA Cup. They finished behind Chelsea only on goal difference. After failing to win silverware in his second season with the club, Ancelotti was dismissed by Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

Arsenal’s season petered out again after early promise. They finished fourth, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC. Liverpool sold an unhappy Fernando Torres in January to Chelsea for a British transfer record of £50m and Kenny Dalglish returned to the manager’s helm in the same month after five nightmare months with Roy Hodgson in charge, as he oversaw home defeats to Blackpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The latter two clubs would be involved in a final day relegation tussle with Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers. Wigan had been bottom for much of the campaign but a 1-0 away win to FA Cup finalists Stoke City on the final day kept them in the top-flight. Despite losing 3-2 at home to Blackburn, Wolves also survived. Both teams could celebrate at Molineux but that wasn’t the case at White Hart Lane. Birmingham’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham condemned them to relegation, less than three months after winning the League Cup. Blackpool’s 4-2 loss to the new champions saw them bravely go straight back down to the Championship.

2010-2011 was another record-breaking season for Manchester United.