The English Premier League (EPL) is one of the most competitive and prestigious football leagues in the world. The league has been in existence since 1992, and since then, 49 clubs have competed in the league. However, when it comes to the question of who has won the most Premier League titles, the answer is a no-brainer – it’s Manchester United. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the Premier League and Manchester United’s dominance in it.
Before we delve into who has won the most Premier League titles, it’s essential to understand the history of the league. The Premier League was formed in 1992, replacing the old First Division, which had been in existence since 1888. The First Division was the top flight of English football, but in the late 1980s and early 1990s, a group of top clubs – including Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, and Tottenham – felt that they weren’t getting a big enough share of the television revenues generated by the league.
These clubs threatened to break away and form a new league, and eventually, the FA relented and created the Premier League.
Since then, the Premier League has grown into one of the most lucrative and popular sports leagues in the world. It’s broadcast in over 200 countries, and some of the biggest clubs in world football – including Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City – compete in it.
Who Has Won the Most Premier League Titles?
As mentioned earlier, Manchester United has won the most Premier League titles, with a total of 13. They won their first title in the inaugural season of the Premier League (1992-93) and went on to win it six times in the next eight seasons. Their dominance during this period was built around a strong team that included players like Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, and Paul Scholes.
After a three-year drought, Manchester United won three more titles in a row between 1999 and 2001. During this period, they had an even stronger team, with players like David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, and Ruud van Nistelrooy. They also won the league in 2003 and 2007, before reclaiming the title in 2009 and 2011.
Since then, Manchester United’s dominance has waned somewhat. They went on to win their 13th and most recent title in the 2012-13 season, before going through a period of transition that saw them struggle to keep up with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City. However, they remain the most successful club in Premier League history, and their fans will always remember the glory days of the 1990s and early 2000s.
Other Clubs with Multiple Premier League Titles
While Manchester United has won the most Premier League titles, there are six other clubs to have enjoyed success in the competition. Here are the other clubs that have won multiple titles:
Liverpool is the second most successful team in the history of the Premier League, having won the title 19 times. Liverpool’s first title win came in the 1900-01 season, but their most successful period in the Premier League came in the 1970s and 1980s, when they won a total of 11 league titles. More recently, Liverpool has enjoyed success under the guidance of Jurgen Klopp, winning the league title in the 2019-20 season. Liverpool’s success has been built on a strong defensive foundation and an attacking style of play that has thrilled fans around the world.
Arsenal is the third most successful team in the history of the Premier League, having won the title 13 times. The club’s most successful period came under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, who led the team to three league titles in a row from 1998 to 2000. Arsenal also enjoyed success in the early 2000s, winning two more titles in the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons. The 2003-04 season, in which Arsenal went unbeaten throughout the entire campaign, is considered one of the greatest achievements in the history of the Premier Leagues.
Chelsea is the fourth most successful team in the history of the Premier League, having won the title 5 times. The club’s first league title win came in the 2004-05 season, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho. Chelsea then went on to win the title in the following two seasons as well, establishing themselves as one of the dominant forces in the league. The club has also won the league twice more in the 2009-10 and 2014-15 seasons.
Manchester City is the fifth most successful team in the history of the Premier League, having won the title 4 times. The club’s first title win came in the 2011-12 season, in one of the most dramatic finishes to a league campaign in history. Manchester City secured the title on the final day of the season, with a last-gasp winner against QPR. The club then went on to win the title again in the 2013-14, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, establishing themselves as one of the most dominant forces in the league in recent years.
While the teams listed above are the most successful in the history of the Premier Leagues, there have been a number of other teams that have enjoyed success in the league over the years. Blackburn Rovers won the title in the 1994-95 season, while Leicester City famously won the title in the 2015-16 season, in what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in football history.