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2008/09 Premier League Table: Man Utd Eleventh Time Winners

2008/09 Premier League Champions: Manchester United

Runners-up: Liverpool

Champions League places: Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal

Europa League places: Everton, Aston Villa, Fulham.

Promoted (from 2007/08): West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Hull City

Relegated: West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United

Leading Scorer: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea) 19 goals

Premier League Table 2008 – 2009

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPts
1Manchester United3828646824+4490
2Liverpool38251127727+5086
3Chelsea3825856824+4483
4Arsenal38201266837+3172
5Everton38171295537+1863
6Aston Villa381711105448+662
7Fulham381411133934+553
8Tottenham Hotspur38149154545051
9West Ham United38149154245-351
10Manchester City38155185850+850
11Wigan Athletic38129173445-1145
12Stoke City38129173855-1745
13Bolton Wanderers38118194153-1241
14Portsmouth381011173857-1941
15Blackburn Rovers381011173857-1941
16Sunderland3899203454-2036
17Hull City38811193964-2535
18Newcastle United38713184059-1934
19Middlesborough38711202857-2932
20West Bromwich Albion3888223667-3132

2008/09 Season Review

Holders Manchester United defended their crown to win the Premier League title for the eleventh time and finish again on top of the 2008/09 Premier League table.

United fought off the nearest challengers, Liverpool, to clinch it on the penultimate weekend following a 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal on 16th May 2009. It was the Red Devils’ 18th championship overall, and the achievement draws them level with Liverpool.

Big rivals Chelsea led the embryonic league table under new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari with Liverpool, Aston Villa, and West Ham United enjoying promising starts.

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British Transfer Record

But Manchester City caught the headlines when they smashed the British transfer record to sign Brazilian superstar Robinho for £32m, while neighbors United paid Tottenham Hotspur £30.75m for Dimitar Berbatov’s signature.

West Ham United’s Alan Curbishley was the first managerial casualty of 2008/09, swiftly followed by Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United, with Joe Kinnear taking temporary charge at St James’ Park. Gianfranco Zola took up the post with the Hammers.

Tottenham Hotspur endured their worst start to a Premier League season, so they waved goodbye to Juande Ramos. New manager Harry Redknapp would take over and lead the struggling outfit to the top half of the table. Tony Adams replaced Redknapp at Portsmouth, but his tenure did not last long, with coach Paul Hart coming in and guiding Pompey to a 14th place finish.

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Newcomers

Barclays Premier League newcomers Hull City continued their excellent start with a shock victory against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Still, things would turn sour for the second half of the season, with the Tigers winning only one league match in that time and starting dropping down the 2008/09 Premier League table.

Liverpool kept up their title aspirations by ending Chelsea’s 86-match unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge, while Roy Keane quit lowly Sunderland and former United team-mate Paul Ince left Blackburn Rovers.

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Coach Ricky Sbragia was promoted to Sunderland manager and would eventually keep the Black Cats up on the last day. However, Sam Allardyce revived Rovers’ fortunes when he took the Ewood Park hot seat and moved them clear of danger.

Russia hotshot Andrey Arshavin made big money move to Arsenal in January with the Gunners looking off the pace as United stole a march at the top of the table. However, United was solid as ever at the back as keeper Edwin van der Sar broke Petr Cech’s record with 11 straight clean sheets and reached 14 overall.

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Another Chelsea Manager

Guus Hiddink replaced Scolari at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season. The Dutch manager would leave a lasting impression at the club, winning the FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Everton. But he had to make do with a third-place finish in the league as Liverpool, and Manchester United battled it out for the title.

Ex-Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer returned to his old club for the final eight matches due to Kinnear’s ill health but could only register one victory in that time.

Despite winning plaudits for their attractive football, West Bromwich Albion had struggled most of the season and was the first side to be consigned to the championship after a 2-0 at home reverse to Liverpool on 17th May to end the campaign rock bottom.

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The North East Clubs

On an exciting final weekend of the campaign, the last two relegation places were taken up by northeast clubs Middlesbrough and Newcastle, whose fates were sealed with defeats at West Ham United and Aston Villa, respectively.

Relegation rivals Hull City, and Sunderland stayed up despite losing their final day fixtures. It was the first time since 2006 that more than one promoted club survived their maiden Premier League season, with Stoke City staying up relatively comfortably under the wise stewardship of Tony Pulis.

Arsenal ended up in the fourth Champions League place while Everton came through strongly to finish fifth, just ahead of Aston Villa.

Roy Hodgson’s Fulham claimed the final place in the newly-formed Europa League, finishing a highly creditable seventh on the 2008/09 Premier League table just a year after avoiding the drop on the last day of the 2007/08 season.

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2008/09 Cup Results

2008/09 FA Cup Winners: Chelsea [Final – Chelsea 2-1 Everton]

2008/09 League Cup Winners: Manchester United [Final – Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham (aet), Man Utd win 4-1 on penalties]

2008/09 Champions League Winners: FC Barcelona [Final – Barcelona 2-0 Manchester United]

2008/09 UEFA Cup Winners: Shakhtar Donetsk [Final – Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Werder Bremen]

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2008/09 Managerial Changes

Chelsea: Avram Grant out, Luiz Felipe Scolari in, Luiz Felipe Scolari out, Guus Hiddink in

West Ham United: Alan Curbishley out, Gianfranco Zola in

Newcastle United: Kevin Keegan out, Joe Kinnear in, Joe Kinnear out, Alan Shearer in

Tottenham Hotspur: Juande Ramos out, Harry Redknapp in

Portsmouth: Harry Redknapp out, Tony Adams in, Tony Adams out, Paul Hart in

Sunderland: Roy Keane out, Ricky Sbragia in

Blackburn Rovers: Paul Ince out, Sam Allardyce in

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