Man Utd clinch 18th Premier League title

LONDON: Manchester United clinched a third consecutive Premier League title with a goalless draw against Arsenal here on Saturday.

A point in the champions' penultimate match of the campaign was enough to put United out of reach of Liverpool and ensure they equalled the Anfield club's record of 18 league titles.

United also become the first club to have twice claimed three consecutive English titles, having also won three in a row between 2000/01 and 2002/03.

It was the 11th title United have won in Alex Ferguson's 22 and a half years in charge and also the 11th in the 17 seasons since the launch of the FA Premier League in 1992-93.

United's triumph was the result of a consistency that Liverpool - who paid the price for drawing seven matches at home - Chelsea and Arsenal proved unable to match.

Although Ferguson's men ultimately claimed the title with a match to spare, their only success in six league matches against the three other members of the top four was a 3-0 win over Chelsea in January and they were beaten in both league battles with Liverpool.

But history will record that Ferguson's side finished this season with at least three trophies while Liverpool and Arsenal endured trophy-less campaigns.

Having already lifted the Club World Cup and the League Cup, United will seek to complete a quadruple by retaining the Champions League trophy in the final against Barcelona in Rome on May 27.

Before then they have a final league fixture to complete, at relegation-threatened Hull on May 24.

Chelsea will have a last chance to win something when they take on Everton in the FA Cup final on May 30.