In part two of our gallery feature, we recall United’s – and Sir Alex’s – six most recent league triumphs, from 2001 to 2011…
Glory story: The Reds’ worst start to a Premier League campaign proves far from fatal when nine wins from the last 10 games leaves title-holders Arsenal trailing by five points.
Top gun: Ruud van Nistelrooy, 25 league goals
Turning point: United preserved a three-point lead by holding the Gunners 2-2 at Highbury on 16 April.
Party time: 4 May 2003. Arsenal’s shock 3-2 defeat at home to relegation-haunted Leeds ensured the celebrations could begin; United had beaten Charlton 4-1 at OT the previous day.
Sir Alex said: "We played better than any other team in the league from March onwards and you can't beat the kind of momentum we were able to build up."
Glory story: United’s best start to a season since 1993/94 paved the way for a return to the summit of English football, six points above Jose Mourinho’s outgoing champions Chelsea.
Top gun: Cristiano Ronaldo, 17 league goals
Turning point: On 28 April, the Reds recovered from 0-2 down at Everton to win 4-2 while Chelsea were held 1-1 at home by Bolton. United went five points clear with