going to prove hard to catch and ended the season eight points clear of Blackburn with Leeds slipping to fifth.
2006/07: 54pts. FINISH: 1st
United's previous best tally was a classic response to the bar being raised by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. A year earlier, the Reds had trailed the Blues by 16 points at this stage but were determined to bring the trophy back north. After only two losses, a six-point advantage was held over the Londoners and that was the margin of victory in May too.
2007/08: 51pts. FINISH: 1st
The pressure was on the champions to maintain a strong pace and top spot was secured after 22 games, albeit only on goal difference from Arsenal. With three defeats at the time, United would lose only twice more to retain the title by two points, with Chelsea second, one place ahead of the Gunners. European glory would also follow in Moscow.
2011/12: 51pts. FINISH: 2nd
In the other seasons when United had posted more than 51 points after 22 matches, the title would follow. In the seven campaigns when a half-century total had been amassed, only once (2003/04) did the trophy not