NEWS & FEATURES

14/05/2011 14:30, Report by Adam Marshall
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How the league was won

December
The snow brings a number of postponements, including United’s date at Chelsea, to leave City level on points at the top with United going into 2011. The Reds remain unbeaten after Ji-sung Park’s header accounts for Arsenal but concede a controversial late equaliser at Birmingham. The Gunners exact revenge against Chelsea with a 3-1 triumph but have to settle for a 2-2 draw at Wigan in their next outing. A narrow 1-0 victory against Bolton is the only win of the Christmas period for last season’s Double winners. 1.United 18/38, 3.Arsenal 19/36, 4.Chelsea 19/34.

January
Four wins out of five games proves a great haul for United with a draw at Spurs also considered a good result. The comeback win at Blackpool in a rearranged fixture is vital for keeping Sir Alex’s side on track for glory. Arsenal are starting to look the biggest threat as Wenger’s team fail to concede a goal throughout the month, despite being held by City at the Emirates. Dropped points at home to Villa and a shock defeat at Wolves  sees Chelsea lose further ground. 1.United 23/51, 2.Arsenal 23/46, 4.Chelsea 23/41.

February
United’s unbeaten record is finally ended at Wolves but the response is positive with Wayne Rooney’s wonder-goal settling the Manchester derby and Wigan hit for four at the DW Stadium. Arsenal collect 10 points from 12 but should have a full house after incredibly surrendering a 4-0 lead at Newcastle. Chelsea slip to fifth, albeit with games in hand on their rivals, following a home reverse to Liverpool and goalless draw at neighbours Fulham. 1.United 27/60, 2.Arsenal 27/56, 5.Chelsea 26/45.

March
The league is blown open as the Reds lose tough away games at Chelsea and Liverpool but Dimitar Berbatov’s late winner for ten-man United against Bolton is priceless. Arsenal fail to really capitalise with draws against Sunderland and West Brom but Chelsea, galvanised by the 2-1 success over United, end the month with maximum points after