thus equal the Merseysiders’ long-standing record of 18 titles.
Top gun: Cristiano Ronaldo, 18 league goals
Turning point: Coming back from 2-1 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 – with an injury-time winner from debutant Federico Macheda – on 5 April 2009.
Party time: 16 May 2009, Old Trafford, United 0-0 Arsenal. Forgettable game but memorable scenes when Gary Neville lifted the trophy aloft in front of 75,468 fans.
Sir Alex said: "The challenge now is to win it next year. A 19th league title would be special."
Glory story: Propelled by a near-perfect home record, United see off the challenge of Arsenal and a late charge by title-holders Chelsea to secure a 19th championship on the penultimate day.
Top gun: Dimitar Berbatov, 21 league goals
Turning point: United were 2-0 down at West Ham on 2 April, but roared back with four second-half goals to stay in the driving seat at the top of the table.
Party time: 14 May 2011, Ewood Park, Blackburn 1-1 United. The Reds secured the point needed to become the most successful English league team with 19 titles.
Glory story: Spurred on by the heartbreak of losing the title in the dying seconds of the 2011/12 campaign and with the addition of one RvP to the squad, the Reds came back with a vengeance to secure a 20th title triumph... and with four games to spare.
Top gun: Robin van Persie, 25 league goals
Turning point: Last-minute victories at City and at home to Newcastle in December were important, but the second weekend in February when City lost at Southampton and United beat Everton (the team