Manchester United win English Premier League title

WIGAN: Manchester United won its 10th Premier League title in 16 years and second in a row by beating Wigan 2-0 on the final day of the season.

Chelsea, which went into its final game even on points with United but way behind on goal difference, was held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton and wound up two points behind in an anticlimactic finish.

Lower down the standings, third-place Arsenal, despite its five-point lead in February and attractive style of play, failed to win a trophy for the third season in a row. Fourth-place Liverpool still aren't close to winning a first league title since 1990 after finishing 11 points behind.

United won with 87 points and Chelsea had 85, which was still the closest finish since United edged Arsenal by one point in 1999.

At the other end, Birmingham and Reading were relegated despite winning with four-goal performances. Birmingham beat Blackburn 4-1 and Reading defeated last-place Derby 4-0.

But Fulham, with Canadian international Paul Stalteri in the lineup, survived after a 1-0 victory at FA Cup finalist Portsmouth on Danny Murphy's 76th-minute goal.

Liverpool won at Tottenham 2-0 with goals by Andriy Voronin and Fernando Torres, who finished the season with 24 in the league.