In a post last May, I pointed that only twice before in any major European league have the same two clubs finished first and second three seasons in a row:
- In Italy, between 1933 and 1935, with Juventus finishing champions and Inter Milan finishing runners up each season.
- In England, between 1999 and 2001, with Manchester United finishing champions and Arsenal finishing runners up.
With Manchester United 7 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a game in hand, and Chelsea climbing above Liverpool into second place on goal difference with 11 games to go to the end of the season, Manchester United and Chelsea could well finish first and second respectively for the third season in a row.
With Liverpool fading, it is beginning to look increasingly unlikely that they’ll finish in the top two.
If Manchester United win the title this season, it will be the first time an English club has won the title three times in a row on two separate occasions. If Chelsea finish runners up to Manchester United, it will also be only the third time in any major European league that the same club has finished runners up in each of those seasons.
It would a remarkable coincidence that the only other recent occurrence saw Manchester United as the champions in each of those three seasons, and another London club, Arsenal as the runners up in each season.