2012-2013 Premier League Winners celebrating


The 2012-2013 Premier League season wasn't just another chapter in English football's illustrious history; it marked the end of an era. Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United manager, bid farewell after guiding the Red Devils to their 20th league title, the 13th under his reign. This season review delves into the triumphs and tribulations that unfolded, with a special focus on Manchester United's final hurrah.

2012-2013 Premier League Table: 

PositionClubPointsWinsDrawsLossesManagerBrief Descriptor
1Manchester United892855Sir Alex FergusonFinal Farewell Glory
2Manchester City892855Roberto ManciniTitle Challengers Fall Short
3Chelsea782459Rafael Benítez (Interim)Rebuilding in Progress
4Arsenal782396Arsène WengerStill Searching for Silverware
5Tottenham Hotspur7221611André Villas-BoasEuropean Adventure Beckons
6Everton6316157David MoyesToffees on the Rise
7Liverpool6116814Brendan RodgersA New Philosophy at Anfield
8West Bromwich Albion4914717Steve ClarkeAnother Solid Season
9Swansea City47111413Michael LaudrupSwans Maintain Top-Flight Status
10Stoke City46111314Tony PulisTypical Stoke Resilience
11Norwich City4412719Chris HughtonCanaries Avoid Relegation Scrap
12Fulham43111017Martin JolCottagers Secure Mid-Table Finish
13Sunderland41101117Martin O'NeillBlack Cats Survive the Drop Zone
14West Ham United40101216Sam AllardyceHammers Stay Afloat
15Wigan Athletic4011720Roberto MartínezEntertainers Relegated Despite Drama
16Aston Villa3810820Paul Lambert (Appointed Feb 2013)Villa Park Struggles Continue
17Newcastle United3710721Alan PardewMagpies Finish in Disappointment
18Reading (Promoted)287724Brian McDermottRoyals Return to the Top Flight
19Queens Park Rangers2541321Mark HughesHoops Crash Back Down to the Championship
20Southampton (Promoted)299427Mauricio PochettinoSaints Return After Long Absence

The League Winner: Manchester United - Sir Alex Ferguson's Last Stand

Manchester United's 2012-2013 Premier League title win was a testament to Sir Alex Ferguson's enduring legacy. Despite facing a strong challenge from their city rivals, Manchester City, United remained strong throughout the season. Robin van Persie, signed from Arsenal, proved instrumental with a remarkable 26 goals, forming a potent partnership with Wayne Rooney. United's experience, tactical flexibility, and unwavering desire to win under Ferguson's leadership ultimately proved decisive.

A crucial moment arrived in April. After a narrow defeat to Chelsea, United trailed Manchester City by eight points. However, they dug deep and embarked on a relentless winning streak, securing vital victories against the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. Their never-say-die attitude and ability to grind out results in tight matches showcased the winning mentality instilled by Ferguson. The title race went down to the wire, with both Manchester clubs neck-and-neck.

On the final day of the season, Manchester United secured a dramatic 3-0 victory over Sunderland, while Manchester City faltered against Wigan Athletic. This emphatic win secured United's 20th league title, a fitting farewell gift for the departing Sir Alex Ferguson. The iconic manager bowed out on a high, leaving an indelible mark on English football history.

Second Position: Manchester City - Title Challengers Fall Short

Manchester City's second-place finish in the 2012-2013 season was a case of so near yet so far. Roberto Mancini's team continued to play an attractive brand of football, with Yaya Touré and David Silva forming the creative core in midfield. Sergio Agüero remained a prolific goalscorer, netting 17 goals. However, defensive frailties and inconsistency, particularly in crucial matches, ultimately cost them the title. City dropped points against lesser opponents and failed to replicate the relentless winning form displayed by Manchester United in the final weeks of the season.

Third Position: Chelsea - Rebuilding in Progress

Chelsea's third-place finish under interim manager Rafael Benítez marked the beginning of a period of transition for the club. Following the departure of Roberto Di Matteo, the Blues went through a period of uncertainty. Despite a strong showing in the Europa League, which they ultimately won, their Premier League campaign was inconsistent. Fernando Torres' struggles in front of goal continued, and the defense lacked solidity at times. However, the emergence of young talents like Eden Hazard and Juan Mata offered a glimpse into Chelsea's future potential.

Fourth Position: Arsenal - Still Searching for Silverware

Arsenal's fourth-place finish in the 2012-2013 season was another year of frustration for their fans. Arsène Wenger's team continued to play an attractive brand of attacking football, with Robin van Persie's departure to Manchester United significantly impacting their attacking prowess. Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla emerged as creative forces, but the Gunners lacked a consistent goalscorer and defensive stability. Their struggles to win silverware continued, with another trophyless season adding to the pressure on Wenger.

Award Winners: Recognizing Individual Brilliance

  • Golden Boot: Robin van Persie (Manchester United) - 26 goals
  • Player of the Year: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) - Bale's electrifying pace, dribbling skills, and long-range goals made him a standout performer throughout the season.
  • Golden Glove: David de Gea (Manchester United) - De Gea's impressive reflexes and shot-stopping abilities earned him 17 clean sheets, a crucial factor in United's title win.
  • Manager of the Year: Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) - In his final season, Ferguson's leadership, tactical acumen, and ability to motivate his players secured him a well-deserved Manager of the Year award.

Memorable Moments: Drama Unfolds Throughout the Season

The 2012-2013 Premier League season was packed with unforgettable moments:

  • Manchester United 3-2 Manchester City (Community Shield): Robin van Persie's headed winner against his former club marked a significant moment, showcasing United's intent for the season.
  • Luis Suárez's bite on Branislav Ivanović: This controversial incident involving Liverpool's Luis Suárez highlighted issues of player conduct and resulted in a lengthy suspension for the Uruguayan striker.
  • Sir Alex Ferguson's emotional farewell: Ferguson's tearful goodbye after Manchester United's final home game of the season was a poignant moment, signifying the end of an era in English football.

Looking Back: A Historical Context

To fully understand the significance of Manchester United's 2012-2013 title win, it's important to look back at the previous seasons:

  • 2011-2012: Manchester City, under Roberto Mancini, secured their first Premier League title, marking a shift in power in English football.
  • 2010-2011: Chelsea, under Carlo Ancelotti, regained the Premier League title after a one-year drought.

Looking Forward: A New Dawn for English Football

Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement marked a turning point for Manchester United and the Premier League as a whole. David Moyes was appointed as his successor, but the Red Devils struggled to replicate their previous success under the new manager. This opened the door for other teams to challenge for the title.

  • Manchester City's Continued Fight: With the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini as manager in 2013, Manchester City continued to invest in world-class talent and remained a major force in the Premier League. Their rivalry with Manchester United intensified, shaping the landscape of English football for years to come.
  • The Rise of New Challengers: Clubs like Chelsea under José Mourinho's return, Tottenham Hotspur under Mauricio Pochettino, and Leicester City under Claudio Ranieri emerged as challengers for the Premier League title in the following seasons. This growth in competition solidified the Premier League's position as the most exciting and unpredictable football league in the world.

Conclusion: A Legacy Etched in History

The 2012-2013 Premier League season will be remembered for Sir Alex Ferguson's emotional farewell and Manchester United's final hurrah under his legendary leadership. It marked the end of an era but also ushered in a new dawn for English football. The season's drama, individual brilliance, and captivating title race solidified the Premier League's position as a global phenomenon.

Looking ahead, the future of English football remains bright. With continued investment, tactical innovation, and a focus on youth development, the Premier League promises to deliver even more exciting seasons and unforgettable moments for fans worldwide.