Manchester United faces were wreathed in smiles as they finished the Premier League season at Old Trafford just as they had hoped -- as champions.
Crowned the previous weekend and treated to a guard of honour by deposed champions Chelsea in midweek, United could afford to lose 1-0 to West Ham United on Sunday and still have manager Alex Ferguson describe it "a fantastic occasion."
The result, which secured West Ham's survival, was only United's fifth defeat in a season which they ended with 89 points, six more than second-placed Chelsea.
As an added bonus, United were widely credited with having played the best football -- an accolade never given in the same measure to Chelsea last term.
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