Premier League On this Day: Manchester United wins title on Decision Day


Manchester United won its third title in four years on this day in 1996, but that title is almost remembered as well for the collapse of Newcastle United.

Magpies manager Kevin Keegan made headlines with his famous “I will love it” speech following consistently public needling from Sir Alex Ferguson.

Newcastle had beaten Leeds to move onto 76 points, three points back of Ferguson’s United. The Magpies had two matches left and the Red Devils had one.

Newcastle then drew at Middlesbrough in a midweek match, and the keys to the title race were in Ferguson’s hands. If the Red Devils beat Middlesbrough away, Newcastle was cooked. Even a draw would likely doom the Magpies unless they put up an ugly blowout win over Spurs.

David May’s 14th-minute goal was all United would need against a Middlesbrough side that feature NBC analyst Robbie Mustoe, though goals from Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs joined May on the score sheet and Newcastle slumped to a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park.

The winners’ medal was David Beckham’s first in the Premier League.