Manchester United are champions of England for a 20th time after beating Aston Villa 3-0 in the Barclays Premier League.

Robin van Persie's hat-trick inside the opening 33 minutes sealed a 13th title of Sir Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford tenure - 20 years on from his first title win.

Van Persie opened the scoring inside two minutes from close range after Ryan Giggs' neat lay-off, but his second goal was as audacious as it was awesome.

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Van Persie scores his best goal yet for United against Villa

Wayne Rooney pinged a visionary ball from inside the centre circle which Van Persie ran on to, hitting an exceptional volley first time from 20 yards out into the corner of Brad Guzan's net.

A day after Luis Suárez butchered his reputation again, taking with it his hopes for individual awards, Van Persie re-emerged as the frontrunner for player of the year and usurped the Uruguayan in the Barclays Premier League scoring chants when he clinched his hat-trick. Again Giggs assisted him, again Van Persie finished from inside the six-yard box.

United meandered through the second 45 but they could afford to against the inexperienced Villans. This time 20 years ago, the club had gone over a quarter of a century without a title and trailed Liverpool 18-7 in the English championship stakes.

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    Manchester United Rafael Da Silva celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, centre right embraces team manager Sir Alex Ferguson celebrating as their team wins their 20th English Premier League title after their 3-0 win over Aston Villa in their soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates their 20th league title after the final whistle

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    Manchester United Robin Van Persie celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United's Ryan Giggs celebrates the club's 20th league title after the final whistle

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    Manchester United Michael Carrick celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

  • Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea celebrates as his team wins their 20th English Premier League title after their 3-0 win over Aston Villa in their soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Manchester United PRio Ferdinand celebrate at the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United Robin Van Persie celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United Phil Jones, Ryan Giggs and Danny Welbeck celebrate at the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United Rio Ferdinand celebrate at the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United's Danny Welbeck (centre), Ryan Giggs and Tom Cleverley (right) celebrate the club's 20th league title after the final whistle

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    Manchester United Robin Van Persie celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United Robin Van Persie celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United players celebrate the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United players celebrate the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester UnitedPatrice Evra celebrates clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United Robin Van Persie celebrates the clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    Manchester United Phil Jones celebrates clubs 20th league title at the final whistle

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his second goal with Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, centre, celebrates after scoring against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, centre, celebrates after scoring against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, obscured extreme left, celebrates with teammates after scoring against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie (4th R) celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with Michael Carrick and Rafael during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring the opening goal with Michael Carrick and Rafael during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his second goal with Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22: Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates scoring his second goal with Shinji Kagawa during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford on April 22, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Aston Villa during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on April 22, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Manchester United's Robin van Persie (20) celebrates with his team-mate Wayne Rooney after scoring his team's second goal

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    Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea celebrates after his team-mate Robin van Persie (not in picture) scores his team's third goal

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    Manchester United's goalkeeper David De Gea celebrates

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    Manchester United's Robin van Persie (centre) celebrates with his team-mate's after scoring his team's opening goal

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    Manchester United's Robin van Persie (20) celebrates with his team-mate Ryan Giggs (top) after scoring his team's opening goal

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    Manchester United's Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal

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    Composite photo of Manchester United's Robin Van Persie scoring three first half goals. (left-right) Robin Van Persie scores first goal, Robin Van Persie scores second goal and Robin Van Persie scores third goal completing a first half hat trick during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester.

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, centre, celebrates with teammate Wayne Rooney after scoring his second goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, centre, celebrates with teammate Wayne Rooney after scoring his second goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

  • Manchester United's Robin van Persie, centre, celebrates with teammate Ryan Giggs after scoring his second goal against Aston Villa during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday, April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)