Daniel Taylor - The Guardian: It ended with Sir Alex Ferguson bowing to the Stretford End as the loudspeakers pumped out The Courteeners. Ferguson, at 71, is more a Josef Locke man but he will have appreciated why this was the first song to get the party going at Old Trafford. "Not 19 Forever," was its title. It has been the soundtrack to Manchester United's season and now, once again, they could call themselves the champions of England. They had played like a side in a hurry to be reunited with the trophy. They also had a striker, Robin van Persie, playing at the point of maximum expression and it felt appropriate that the Dutchman should be so prominent on the night. He, more than anyone, has been instrumental in the title race and when he shimmers with this kind of brilliance he is probably entitled to feel aggrieved that the Professional Footballers' Association sent out its player-of-the-year voting slips during the one point of the season when he has endured a lapse of form.
Oliver Kay - The Times: It was a goal so spectacular, so beautiful both in conception and execution, that it seemed a shame not to declare Manchester United Barclays Premier League champions there and then. A lofted pass from Wayne Rooney, a clever little run from Robin van Persie to evade his marker and then, as the ball dropped over his right shoulder, the power and precision of the left-foot volley that rippled into the net. That was the champagne moment, the one that will be shown in years to come when United’s supporters come to reflect on the season when they became champions of England for the twentieth time. “That’s why we’re champions,” they chanted and, while this campaign might have been lacking such stand-out moments before last night, it was a goal that underlined the enormity of Van Persie’s contribution.
Henry Winter - The Telegraph: At the final whistle, as Manchester United’s victorious players celebrated on the pitch, Rio Ferdinand ran across to Robin van Persie and turned the Dutchman around so his back pointed to a television camera. Ferdinand grabbed the striker’s shirt by the sides, stretching it so the number filled the lens: No 20. United’s 20th title was settled by the unerring finishing of Van Persie, whose first-half appropriation of the match-ball took him to 24 goals in the Premier League. Sir Alex Ferguson kept his promise to respond to Sergio Agüero’s last-minute goal for Manchester City against QPR that defined last season’s race. He bought the Footballer of the Year for £24 million from Arsenal, a guaranteed source of goals, the most precious currency in the game. It was the move that decided the title.
Sam Wallace - The Independent: It was a goal of such ruthless brilliance that with one swish of his left foot at 8.13pm on Monday night, Robin van Persie settled the argument once and for all for Manchester United, champions for the 20th time. The best team in the league? Undoubtedly. The outstanding player of the season? It has to be Van Persie, having scored what will surely be the goal of the season on the way to his hat-trick last night, a strike of such breathtaking geometry that any team in the world would have been hard pushed to defend against it. The league season is an examination of a club's credentials over the course of 38 games but sometimes that season is distilled in the space of a few seconds. Those few seconds were those that it took for Wayne Rooney's beautifully flighted ball from inside his own half to drop out of the air and over the shoulder of Van Persie - and then for him to drive it past Brad Guzan first time with that sublime left foot.
Martin Samuel - Daily Mail: United were superb against Aston Villa; Van Persie exceptional. From the 94th second when he scored his first, to the second half when he cleared a rare Villa chance from the line, there was never any doubt. Some would argue the same could be said of the moment Van Persie put pen to paper as a United player. Roberto Mancini for instance. He said Van Persie could decide the title in United’s favour and he was right. Whether City were ever genuine competitors for his signature is debatable.
Neil Custis - The Sun: RVP’s stunning hat-trick last night took his tally to 28 this season, with all but four of them coming in the league, where he has also provided eight assists. How apt it is that he will be returning to the Emirates for the first time on Sunday as a Premier League champion. The very reason he left North London was to win this trophy. One regret he will have this season is that missed chance in the Bernabeu, which could have changed the course of the Champions League last-16 tie with Real Madrid. The only moment those goalscoring instincts deserted him. There has been much talk of Gareth Bale and, until Sunday, Luis Suarez as deserving winners of the PFA and FWA Player of the Year gongs. But, for me, you need look no further than the man who decided the very destiny of the title.
Martin Lipton - Daily Mirror: Eight months after putting pen to paper, going from Arsenal legend to Clock End "traitor", it was Van Persie whose brilliance confirmed Salford Quays was Party Central once more, who will return to the Emirates for a guard of honour on Sunday. This time, it will not just be the individual baubles, although he surely nailed the Golden Boot with his second United hat-trick, including a goal fit to grace any stage, with the PFA and Footballer of the Year double possibly still to come. It will also be what he always wanted - a Premier League winner's medal. The reason he opted for Ferguson's Caledonian fire to replace Wenger's Gallic elan. The single motivation for his switch.
Jeremy Cross - Daily Star: United have got the job done. They haven’t swept opponents aside with fantasy football or flair too often. They may lack the box office quality of a Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona or David Beckham, but they are a team that possesses courage in spades. What else can be expected when Fergie is the man in charge? It all comes from him. United have recovered 28 points from losing positions this season and, in the main, have refused to lose.