22/04/2013 22:00, Report by Editorial team
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Five reasons we're champions

campaign, they were not restricted to that goal-crazy period. The Reds may have tightened up defensively but still needed to come from behind in the home win against Southampton and twice battled back at West Ham to, ultimately, enable the title to be won on Monday against Villa.

Consistency personified “The fans had Scholesy to drool over for years; Carrick has taken up the baton and done well,” says Sir Alex. The Reds' no.16 has been a thread running through United's season, his understated control of matches integral to both United’s style and success. A PFA Player of the Year nomination highlights his newfound status. “I don’t crave attention,” he opines. Hard to believe it’s not Scholes: does his job, brilliantly, with minimal fuss.

We are United From pre-season to the final push, Sir Alex's squad has been united in every sense. The almost innate togetherness of the players at Old Trafford means the manager can focus on winning matches and forget having to massage egos. As Anders Lindegaard said in mid-season: "There’s a good, funny and friendly atmosphere in the dressing room. It’s a joy coming into work."

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Title factors

Michael Carrick and Robin van Persie have been two influential individuals in United's title quest in 2012/13, but other key factors have carried the Reds over the finish line too.

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