THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

PL RESULTS 14040114 April ~ Manchester Utd led the table from the beginning of September and finished ten points clear of runners-up Arsenal (whom they beat 6-1 at Old Trafford in February). The title would have been won by a bigger margin had United not lost their last three matches; two of their three other defeats were to Liverpool. Teddy Sheringham was United's top scorer with 15 of their 79 league goals, though he didn’t play in this win over Coventry which was sealed with two goals in the last ten minutes from Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

Peter Reid’s Sunderland were fourth after a 4-2 win at Chelsea in early March but this home defeat by Spurs was part of a run of five games without a win and they finished seventh. Their striker Kevin Philips had won the European Golden Boot award for his 30 goals in 1999-2000; he was Sunderland’s top scorer again this season with a more modest total of 14.

Leeds, who won 2-1 at Liverpool the previous day, finished fourth and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. Prior to their tie with Rafa Benítez's Valencia, the Leeds players shaved their heads to boost team spirit but to little effect – they lost 3-0 on aggregate. Robbie Keane, signed on loan from Inter in December, completed a £12 million move before the end of the season.

Third-placed Liverpool won the UEFA Cup with a 5-4 defeat of Alaves. They also took both domestic cups, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the FA Cup final through two late goals from Michael Owen and winning a penalty shootout against Birmingham in the League Cup.

Gus Poyet scored Chelsea’s winner at home to Southampton. His team-mate Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was the Premier League's top marksman with 23, four ahead of Marcus Stewart of newly promoted Ipswich. They finished fifth but went down the following year.

Bradford City were in the bottom three for most of the season and finished adrift on 26 points. Manchester City and Coventry took the other two relegation places. For Coventry, it was the end of an unbroken run of 34 years at the top level. They went down on the day they lost at Villa in their penultimate match. John Hartson played in Coventry’s last 12 games after signing from Wimbledon and finished as joint top scorer with six goals alongside Mustapha Hadji and Craig Bellamy.

PL TABLE 140401

Results & table from statto.com

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