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

Premier League On This Day

The Manchester United Team celebrate with the cup. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/EMPICS via Getty Images)

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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.

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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.

Manchester United win the FA Premier League Title 1996

MIDDLESBROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 05: Manchester United player David Beckham (c) and team mates celebrate with manager Alex Ferguson after Manchester United claim the title after the FA Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at the Riverside on May 5, 1996 in Middlesbrough, England. (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images)

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