SEASON REVIEW: The 2000/2001 Premier League Season
The 2000/2001 season was the ninth Premier League season and the third season running which ended with Manchester United as champions and Arsenal as runners-up.
Manchester United secured the Premier League title on April 14th with a 4-2 win against Coventry City; this remains the earliest date a Premier League champion has been confirmed. The Red Devils also became the first side to win the Premier League in three consecutive seasons, and the first top-flight side to do so since Liverpool between 1981-82 and 1983-84.
Arsenal finished as runners-up with 70 points, which remains the second lowest figure for a second placed club in the Premier League, after Newcastle United’s 68 in 1996-97.
The 2000-2001 campaign saw two nations represented for the very first time in the Premier League. Iran, courtesy of Karim Bagheri with Charlton, and Lithuania courtesy of Tomas Danilevicius with Arsenal.
During the 2000/2001 Premier League season, Chelsea’s Jerrel “Jimmy” Floyd Hasselbaink scored 23 goals in 35 games. With this, he became the first foreign player to win the Premier League Golden Boot twice (also in 1998-99). In the season in between he scored 24 goals for Atlético Madrid in La Liga. The Dutchman scored 23 goals in his debut campaign with Chelsea, at the time, the most goals in a Premier League season by a non-Englishman, surpassing Jürgen Klinsmann in 1994-95 and Dwight Yorke in 1999-2000 (20).
Manchester United midfielder David Beckham recorded 10+ assists for the fourth-straight Premier League campaign. This has only been matched once since, by Christian Eriksen between 2015-16 and 2018-19.
Manchester City became the first side to be relegated from the top-flight on 10 different occasions. However, they haven’t suffered the drop since 2000-01.
Ipswich became the fourth, and most recent, newly-promoted side to finish inside the top five, with George Burley still one of only two coaches to win Premier League Manager of the Year with a promoted team (also Tony Pulis in 13-14 with Crystal Palace).