When it comes to managers, we are so used to being told that the Premier League is the ultimate team-building exercise.
Yet, it turns out the same team-builders have been doing their best to build the best teams in the world for decades.
The same teams that won a league title in 1990, 1992 and 1996 all won another five consecutive league titles from 1996 to 2020.
So how do you build a team with a championship potential?
Here are 10 of the most successful teams in Premier League history.
Manchester United (1946-50) The best team ever The Manchester United of the 1940s was the most popular club in English football history.
They were also the first team to win the league title and reached the Champions League final.
They had a remarkable history that included World Cup success and winning the World Cup twice in a row.
The most memorable moment came when they beat Bayern Munich in a World Cup final at Wembley in 1950.
They also won the European Cup in 1948, a feat that was to go down as one of the greatest performances in the history of the competition.
They won three European Cups and three FA Cups.
United were known for their attacking play, with the likes of Pele, Roy Keane and Johan Cruyff dominating the game.
The Red Devils were also renowned for their style of play and the fact that they were often in the centre of the action.
The club also had one of football’s most legendary players, Sir Bobby Charlton, who became the club’s first manager.
United won the FA Cup in 1950 and their next two league titles in 1952 and 1953.
The famous red shirts also won four European Cups, the UEFA Cup in 1957 and the UEFA Champions League in 1960.
The team also played in the European Championship and the World Championship in 1958.
Sir Bobby also won a World Club Cup with United in 1956, the European Footballer of the Year award in 1958, and the European Club of the Century in 1962.
Arsenal (1975-76) Arsene Wenger’s reign Arsenal won the league four times in the 1950s and 1961.
They went to the Champions Cup final in 1957.
They lost the title to Manchester United in 1961, but won the title again in 1962, beating Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Wenger also won five FA Cups and the League Cup in 1963.
Arsenal were also known for the style of football they played.
The Gunners were also famous for their incredible goalscoring record, which included six goals in the last 11 minutes of their matches in 1963 and 1974.
They achieved this feat with the help of two legendary midfielders, Patrick Vieira and Patrick Vieirio.
Arsenal also won their second European Cup, the Champions’ League in 1964, in 1970.
Arsenal had a record-breaking number of top-class players, such as Sir Bobby, Roy Lloyd and Pat Jennings.
They played with a defensive philosophy, which was a staple of the Gunners’ style of playing.
Manchester City (1997-00) Manchester City are famous for building their reputation as the most powerful and successful team in the English Premier League.
City won the Premier and the FA Cups in the 1980s and ’90s, but they also reached the UEFA Super Cup in 1996, and a UEFA Champions Cup in 2002.
They beat Barcelona in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2003.
The city also won three FA cups and three league titles.
Manchester was also known as the ‘City of Steel’, due to the massive amount of steel used to construct the City Stadium.
City also won two FA Cups, a Champions League trophy in 2007 and the FIFA Club World Cup in 2013.
Tottenham Hotspur (2007-08) The Tottenham Hotspurs won the League and the Premier in the 1970s and 80s.
The Spurs also won both FA Cups from 1974 to 1981.
The squad that won the 1981 FA Cup was the same squad that finished second in the 1986 FA Cup Winners’ Cup.
They have won four FA Cups with the most recent coming in 2009 when they were beaten by Chelsea in the Champions final.
Chelsea (2009-10) Chelsea won their first Premier League title in 2010 and won their fifth title in 2011.
They then won the Champions title in 2012, the Europa League in 2013, the Capital One Cup in 2014 and the Champions league in 2015.
They reached the final in both the Europa and Capital One Cups in 2017.
Chelsea won the Europa Cup in 2017, the FA cup in 2018 and the Barclays Premier League in 2019.
The Chelsea team that won their final in the FA cups in 2017 were also that side that won both the Champions and Europa League trophies in 2019 and 2020.
Chelsea are also famous as being one of England’s most successful clubs and winning five league titles and a Champions league title.
Arsenal and Liverpool (2002-04) Arsenal and Arsenal FC won the two biggest titles in Premier Leagues history in 2002 and 2004. In both