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 wing its way to Old Trafford. Even despite an 89-point finish in 2011/12, Sir Alex's team lost out on goal difference when Sergio Aguero struck in stoppage time for Manchester City against QPR on a dramatic final day. The Reds had been three points adrift at the 22-game stage.