Despair in Steel City as Sheffield United is relegated

Four months after leaving Sheffield United, David Unsworth returned to haunt the Blades, scoring the winning goal that gave Wigan Athletic a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane Sunday and doomed Sheffield United to relegation when West Ham United upset champion Manchester United, 1-0, on the final day of the English Premier League season.

The irony is that late last season, Unsworth scored a critical goal for Sheffield United in its promotion campaign, and earlier this season, before leaving for Wigan, he missed a penalty kick against Blackburn that would cost Sheffield United the two points it needed to stay up.

"I've nothing against David," said Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock. "I like him. He had the guts to score. I just wish he had scored against Blackburn."

Sheffield United ended up tied with Wigan for 17th place but went down on inferior goal difference.

West Ham, which appeared doomed to relegation a month ago, climbed to 15th place with the win at Old Trafford. Argentine Carlos Tevez, whose controversial move from Brazilian club Corinthians would cost West Ham an $11 million fine but no points-deduction, fired the winning goal in what is expected to be his last game for the Hammers.

West Ham would have been relegated if it lost to United. The Hammers completed a double over United -- they won, 1-0, at Upton Park -- and captured seven of their last nine league games to complete a near-miraculous escape.

Everton, which drew, 1-1, at deposed champion and runner-up Chelsea, Tottenham and Bolton booked spots in next season's UEFA Cup.


PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL STANDINGS:
 1 Man. United 89
 2 Chelsea 83
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 3 Liverpool 68
 4 Arsenal 68
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 5 Tottenham 60
 6 Everton 58
 7 Bolton 56
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 8 Reading 55
 9 Portsmouth 54
 10 Blackburn 52
 11 Aston Villa 50
 12 Middlesbrough 46
 13 Newcastle 43
 14 Man. City 42
 15 West Ham 41
 16 Fulham 39
 17 Wigan 38
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 18 Sheffield United 38
 19 Charlton 34
 20 Watford 28
 
Placements:
1-2: UEFA Champions League group stage
3-4: UEFA Champions League preliminary round
5-7: UEFA Cup
18-20: Relegation

PREMIER LEAGUE LEADING SCORERS:
20 Didier Drogba (Chelsea/Ivory Coast)
18 Benni McCarthy (Blackburn/South Africa)
17 Cristiano Ronaldo (Man. United/Portugal)
14 Mark Viduka (Middlesbrough/Australia)         
14 Wayne Rooney (Man. United)
13 Kevin Doyle (Reading)               
13 Darren Bent (Charlton)
12 Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool/Netherlands)               
12 Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham/Bulgaria)
12 Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Middlesbrough/Nigeria)
11 Bobby Zamora (West Ham)      
11 Robbie Keane (Tottenham/Ireland)    
11 Andy Johnson (Everton)              
11 Robin van Persie (Arsenal/Netherlands)          
11 Frank Lampard (Chelsea)             
11 Nicolas Anelka (Bolton/France)   
11 Obafemi Martins (Newcastle/Nigeria)
10 Nwankwo Kanu (Portsmouth/Nigeria)           
10 Thierry Henry (Arsenal/France)             
10 Gilberto Silva (Arsenal/Brazil)            
10 Jermain Defoe (Tottenham)
9 Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa)    
9 Mikel Arteta (Everton/Spain)              
9 Peter Crouch (Liverpool)            
9 Brian McBride (Fulham/USA)              
9 Emile Heskey (Wigan)

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