Premier League - Paper Round: Liverpool 'knocked off perch'

Mon, 09 May 08:52:00 2011

The papers are light on transfer rumours this Monday morning and have instead decided to focus on Manchester United's victory over Chelsea, which has put them on the brink of the title.

Match Highlights:

The tone is very much focused on United moving to the brink of beating Liverpool's record of 18 titles as opposed to defeating Chelsea on the pitch.

Here is what the papers have to say.

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The Guardian

Back page headline: On the brink of history

Daniel Taylor: This was the unique sense of euphoria that comes from overtaking Liverpool with a record 19th league title and the crowd recognised the moment. It had been an epic, lyrical match but now they could rejoice for real. "Are you watching Merseyside?" they sang.

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The Daily Telegraph

Back page headline: Take a bow

Henry Winter: Sir Alex Ferguson has all but completed his mission to knock Liverpool off their famous perch as the most successful club in English league history. In 1991, Liverpool had 18 titles and United seven. Twenty years on, and thanks to Ferguson’s astonishing ability to build and rebuild sides, United are within one point of breaking Anfield’s mark. The lady with size issues will sing either at Ewood Park next Saturday or against Blackpool here next week.

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The Times

Back page headline: We deserve title, says Ferguson

Matt Dickinson: To win could be expected. To win with such verve and dominance was the glorious treat for Manchester United and their supporters yesterday. To win with a style and a swagger that, particularly in the first half, seemed a spectacular riposte to all those reservations that have been aired about this United team falling short of their exalted predecessors.

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Daily Express

Back page headline: Gone in 36 seconds

Richard Turner: Javier Hernandez’s religious ritual before the kick-off lasted longer than it took him to put United ahead. But from the moment he capitalised on David Luiz’s blunder after 36 seconds there was only going to be one winner. Sir Alex Ferguson took a bow at the end in front of the Stretford End and how he deserved their ovation – 12 of the championships that have finally eclipsed bitter rivals Liverpool have come in his extraordinary quarter of a century as manager.

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The Daily Mirror

Back page headline: V is for Victory

Martin Lipton: More than just a victory to underline the truth and rewrite history. More than three points to prove the most important point of all. Instead, simply an object lesson in quality from first minute to last, the sort of display that even Barcelona will have to acknowledge that demonstrated this is a United team to stand comparison with those of their glorious past.

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Daily Star

Back page headline: Bow wow

Brian Woolnough: This was the end of an era for fallen champions Chelsea. This Match of the Season at Old Trafford should have taught them one thing – they are not good enough. Not to compete anymore with the best, here and in Europe. This ageing team needs breaking up and rebuilding. Quickly. Manchester United, who will take Chelsea’s crown on Saturday at Blackburn, were quicker, sharper and just simply better.

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The Sun

Back page headline: High 'N Mighty

Neil Custis: Ferguson once said that the best day of his life was the day he walked into Old Trafford and the saddest will be the day he leaves. For English football a bright light will have been turned out as he exits the building. For that reason we should want him to go on... and on he does go.

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The Daily Mail

Back page headline: Just Champion

Martin Samuel: The better team won the match and the best team will win the league. The confirmation of Manchester United's 19th title victory may be delayed until Saturday at least, but the evidence of its impending arrival is irrefutable. If Chelsea are their greatest rivals this season, as the league table suggests, then United have proved themselves superior, again and again and again.

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