London, May 12: Defending champions Manchester United claimed their 17th English title on Sunday after winning 2-0 at Wigan Athletic and Chelsea being held 1-1 at home by Bolton Wanderers in Premier League.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Ryan Giggs scored the title-winning victory for the Manchester team with a 33rd-minute penalty from the former and the second on 80 minutes from Giggs, who equaled Bobby Charlton's club record 758th appearance. United ended the season on 87 points, two clear of Chelsea, who were leading through Andriy Shevchenko until Bolton grabbed an injury-time equalizer through Matt Taylor. Man. Utd will now go for a domestic and European double when they face Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 21 in Moscow.
It was also the United's 10th title in the Premier League title and 17th championship of England first division in all, one short of Liverpool's record.
"We had some nervous moments and when it started to rain anything can happen on the greasy surface. Then our oldest player, Ryan Giggs, 10 (championship) medals, comes on and scores, fantastic," manager Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports.
Everton qualified for the UEFA Cup after their 3-1 home victory over Newcastle United secured fifth place, while Birmingham City and Reading both had four-goal wins but still joined Derby County in being relegated after Fulham won 1-0 at Portsmouth to complete their unlikely escape.