Manchester United reclaimed their Premier League crown in style on Monday night as Robin van Persie's hat-trick inspired a 3-0 win over Aston Villa that gave them an unassailable 16-point lead over Manchester City.
Van Persie's goals after two, 13 and 33 minutes propelled Alex Ferguson's side to a record-extending 20th league title in front of a home crowd.
After the hurt of having their crown snatched away by Manchester City on goal difference in stoppage time on the final day of the 2011/12 season, United were determined to make sure of the title with four games to spare.
With the championship guaranteed, United still have much to play for as they aim for 96 points to beat the record points total of 95 set by Chelsea in 2004-05.
With United's tally currently on 84 points, Ferguson's side remain on target to overhaul Chelsea's record provided they win their four remaining games.
Monday's win earned the club and Ferguson, who has now won 49 club trophies in his managerial career, a 13th Premier League title.