Manchester United - Champions

So everything to play for in the Premiership has b

A Football Report
Manchester United - Champions

So everything to play for in the Premiership has been won or lost - Manchester United are worthy champions but boy did they ride their luck in Game 38.

When Ryan Giggs came off the subs bench and scored the goal that secured the title, it was only fitting. The Welshman had equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time appearance record for the club. He had just won his tenth league title medal and once again reminded us what a fine player he has been throughout his long and distinguished career.

Before he'd put the gloss on the finish, United had been put through the wringer by a Wigan side who certainly did themselves proud. Wigan had a great penalty shout turned down mid-way through the first half after Rio Ferdinand learnt into the ball with his upper arm. 'Was it shoulder or upper arm' was the question that referee Steve Bennett had to make a decision on, luckily for United he decided shoulder and the result was a corner kick.

Less than ten minutes later United themselves had a penalty shout and this time the referee pointed towards the spot. Rooney had gone down under the challenge of Paul Sharner, the away side appealed strongly before seeing the whistle go to Bennett's mouth. Upon replay it was soft and one that you'd expect to go the way of the home side. Ronaldo coolly slotted away the penalty to put United seemingly on course for some easy title celebrations.

A few minutes later however Steve Bennett yet again had a big decision to make. Having booked Paul Scholes earlier in the first half for a bit of an ugly challenge, the fiery midfielder took Valencia down to stop a quick break. It was a yellow card all day long and Scholes knew it as he turned towards the referee with a look of desperation. He seemed ready to walk off but Bennett just strode over and gave the free kick without flashing the yellow, which would've been swiftly followed by the red.

News from Stamford Bridge leaked through early in the second half that Andrei Shevchenko had fired the home side ahead from close range, a goal now for Wigan would see the title go back south to London. Wigan were full of endeavour but didn't look likely to break the deadlock and once Giggs found himself in acres of space just outside the box, this title race was over.

Matthew Taylor scored a late equaliser for Bolton at Stamford Bridge not that it mattered by then. Manchester United were crowned back-to-back champions and celebrated with their 5,000+ travelling support.

Manchester United over the course of the season have deserved the title. They got a bit of luck on the final day with some decisions from the referee, but maybe they deserved the luck. It would've been a travesty if Chelsea had stolen the title. The brand of football played by Avram Grant's team all season long has been lacklustre to put it mildly. United have been strong at the back, inventive in the middle of the park and flamboyant and deadly up top.

Next season we'll hopefully see another close title race with Arsenal looking set to join the top two. Liverpool are still a way behind and with the turbulence in the boardroom at Anfield, it is hard to see how they are going to kick on and become serious title challengers.

The 2007/2008 was all about Manchester United's dominance - they nearly found a way to blow it but they didn't.

Manchester United - Premier League Champions 2007/2008.