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The Five Greatest Seasons in Premier League History

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The 2014/15 Premier League season promises to be one of the best yet with eagerly anticipated competition throughout the table from top to bottom. Louis van Gaal's arrival at Manchester United adds to an already enticing title race, while the battle to beat relegation is far from predictable.

But over the years history has provided plenty of drama and excitement for this campaign to live up to and here's a look back at five of the very best seasons since the new era began in 1992.

5. 1992/93

The Premier League kicked off with a bang in its first season as a new era of English football dawned. Manchester United finally ended a famous 26 year wait for a league title, their last coming in the days of Matt Busby, George Best and Bobby Charlton, but it was certainly no easy ride.

Alex Ferguson's team had lost their first two games and didn't register a first win of the season until Dion Dublin's 88th minute winner against Southampton four fixtures in. A further seven game run without a win, spanning September, October and November, opened the door for Aston Villa, Norwich and Blackburn. But it was the arrival of a certain Frenchman at Old Trafford that proved to be the turning point. Eric Cantona powered United to glory and set a precedent for what was to come.

In stark contrast to today, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal could only manage mid table finishes, while Liverpool place 6th. At the foot of the table, things ended on a sad note for legendary manager Brian Clough, who saw his beloved Nottingham Forest relegated in his final season before retirement.

4. 1997/98

In 1997/98 United were making great strides towards a third consecutive league title for the first time in their history, building up an 11 point lead over challengers Arsenal. But led by Arsene Wenger, who had only arrived in England partway through the previous season, the Gunners embarked on a incredible run of form in the final straight of the season. The Frenchman's side won 10 games in a row, including a famous Old Trafford win, as United began to falter, seeing their advantage evaporate.

Ultimately, Arsenal had the title race sewn up with two games to spare, but the drama at the other end of the Premier League table was still real until the very last minute.

Everton, traditional heavyweights of English football, were battling relegation against yo-yo side Bolton. The Toffees secured their survival with a draw on the final day, while Bolton lost against Chelsea. The pair finished level on points and it was Everton's superior goal difference that kept them up by the skin of their teeth.

3. 1995/96

Just a few years before they had been spectacularly caught, United had been doing the chasing themselves. Kevin Keegan's Newcastle were running away with the title in January and held what looked to be an insurmountable 12 point lead.

Ferguson had put his faith in the club's talented generation of home-grown players and it was a young, untested United team. In the years that followed, the likes of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt went on to become club legends, but they wilted under the pressure early on and the BBC's Alan Hansen had publicly decreed, "you can't win anything with kids".

But the return of Eric Cantona from his lengthy suspension proved once again to be United's catalyst and the Magpies' lead was slowly chipped away. A crucial win at St James' Park in March proved to be the real turning point. As the pressure mounted, Keegan gave his infamous "love it" rant and United cruised through to be crowned champions.

2. 2004/05

It was the summer of 2004 when a certain Jose Mourinho landed in the Premier League for the first time and anointed himself the "Special One". Few of even the most ardent Chelsea fans could have imagined just how much of an impact he would have in that debut campaign. The Stamford Bridge club simply obliterated the competition and finished as champions with an astonishing 95 points, having conceded just 15 goals all season.

But if Chelsea pulled off one of the great Premier League triumphs, West Bromwich Albion pulled off an equally as memorable Premier League escape.

Going into the final day of the season Norwich, Southampton and Crystal Palace were all also in with a chance of survival, but it was Bryan Robson's Baggies who pulled it off against all odds. In doing so they even beat the infamous Christmas Day curse and were the first, and until last May, only side to have ever been bottom on 25 December and survived.

1. 2011/12

The 2011/12 season saw one of the most stunning ends to a league campaign in football history as Manchester City snatched the title from under the noses of local rivals United with virtually the last kick of the season. The race had swung back and forth between the blue and red halves of Manchester, with United having reeled City in once before opening up a lead of their own.

But Ferguson's team looked to have thrown the initiative away with losses in the derby and shockingly against Wigan. Though City's struggle against QPR on the final day left an inkling of hope. United ended their game at Sunderland top of the table, but two late City goals turned the game on its head and the sky blues were crowned champions, with only goal difference to separate the sides.

An extremely competitive season throughout the league, all three newly promoted teams beat relegation for only the second time in Premier League history, with Swansea and Norwich even scaling the heady heights of mid-table.

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