12 May 2008

The Permier League in numbers

Yesterday Manchester United secured the Premier League crown for the tenth time in 16 seasons. The top flight English football league was a very tight affair but, though I may be biased, the best team won. For the first time in nine years it went down to the last day with the top two teams, United and Chelsea, on the same points, the northern team ahead on a far superior goal difference. It celebrate here are a few facts and figures about the the season:

5: The number of times Sir Alex Ferguson has won the FA Cup, more than any other manager.

5: Number of games lost by United in the league this season.

6: number of games drawn by United in the league.

10: number of times Manchester United have won the Premiership since it was formed, under the managership of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was voted League Managers' Association manager of the year tonight (and number of championship medals Ryan Giggs has won).
14: Age Giggs was when he sign for Manchester United
17: Age Giggs was when he made his first-team appearance.
17 Number of times Manchester United have won the English top flight league (one behind Liverpool's 18 titles).
20: years Ferguson has known Ryan Giggs
21: Years Sir Alex has been manager of Manchester United
26: Number of years since Man Utd last won the title when Fergurson led them to victory in 1994
27: Number of games won by United in the league this season.
28: Number of trophies Sir Alex Ferguson has won with Manchester United, more than any other manager in English footballing history.
34 Age of Ryan Giggs
41: number of goals scored by Christiano Ronaldo for United this season, a record for a winger.
50: Years since the Munich Air Disaster which claimed the lives of eight United players and 15 passengers. United are in the European Champions League final next week, what a fitting tribute it would be for them to lift the trophy.
80: Number of goals scored by Man United - goal difference +58 (compared to Chelsea, there nearest rivals 65 - GD +39)
758: Record-equalling number of times Ryan Giggs has played for United (equalling Sir Bobby Charlton's record - Giggs came on and scored the second goal in yesterday's game against Wigan, to secure the title)

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