Gallery: Villa vanquished
Photographers had a field day on Monday as Manchester United clinched the Barclays Premier League title thanks to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa and Robin van Persie’s sublime hat-trick.
With the championship up for grabs, the Reds started brightly and took the lead as van Persie stabbed home in the opening exchanges before the talismanic Dutchman doubled the advantage with a genuinely world class volley on 13 minutes.
Although the visitors offered some resistance, United were dominant throughout a swaggering first half display and victory was all-but-sealed when RvP wrapped up his second hat-trick of the season on 33 minutes thanks to another assist from Giggs.
The second half was a more timid affair, but that didn’t matter come the final whistle as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were crowned champions of England for a 20th time, prompting rapturous celebrations inside Old Trafford.
The second of van Persie’s three goals against Aston Villa was this sublime volley
Villa were vanquished – and so were City. Cue the celebrations for United’s record 20th title!