Updated: Monday, 13th July 2020 @ 9:36pm

Tuesday Team Talk: Manchester City's ultimate revenge was to pip United to Premier League title in dramatic fashion

Tuesday Team Talk: Manchester City's ultimate revenge was to pip United to Premier League title in dramatic fashion

By James Dickenson

This season's finale, much like the entire Premier League campaign itself, was exciting, unpredictable and went right to the wire.

On the final day of the Premier League season most people had already handed Manchester City the title.

After coming back from bottling their lead of rivals Manchester United, it was then the Red Devils who froze to allow their 'noisy neighbours' air time again.

We are often told that the Premier League is the greatest, most entertaining, most dramatic and most amazing division in the world. Mainly by English football's broadcaster and promoters, but on Sunday, it would have been extremely hard to disagree.

Anyone who witnessed the concluding day of the Premier League’s 2011-2012 campaign is sure to be in a state of shock. United went into their game against Sunderland with just a hope and a prayer.

City hosted QPR with the entire Etihad Stadium prepared to celebrate deserved success. But as it turned out the title-race script had a few more twists to offer.

It has almost been a soap opera style storyline at the top of the Premier League this season. The early months were all about City, capped by their hammering off their bitter rivals at Old Trafford in October.

Then things started to slow down for the City juggernaut, and the whole Carlos Tevez going AWOL situation arose. United were supposed to be a fading force, but beating City in the cup gave them some sort of revenge, and bringing back old boy Paul Scholes out of retirement looked an inspired decision by Fergie.

City officials, principally Patrick Vieira criticised that move, and there ensued a period of back and forth mind games. As Spurs slipped away from the title reckoning, it became clear that these two great Manchester rivals were going to fight each other all the way to the death.

First it was City's chance to blow their lead, dropping points whilst key defensive duo Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott were out, losing to Swansea, drawing to Stoke and Sunderland and then practically conceding defeat, and the trophy, away to Arsenal.

That was that, good try City but hard luck, United will take it from here. That was the view of the studio pundits, who then witnessed an almighty cock-up you don't often witness from Fergie's teams.

United blew their own eight point lead by losing away to local neighbours Wigan, drawing at home to Everton and of course getting beat by City in that crucial Manchester Derby at the end of April.

It all went down to the final day, a day that will stick in the minds of the millions that enjoyed it across the world.

City were triumphant, jubilant in their celebrations. United thought they had won it, Phil Jones' face was worth more than a thousand words as the players, coaching staff and the fans realised Aguero's late goal back in their home-town had ensured their most feared nightmare came true.

When that goal went in you can just picture the scenes up and down the country, wild celebrations from anyone who was watching without a United affiliation.

How as a neutral, could you not get caught up in that dramatic moment of retribution? City, forever downtrodden by big bad United finally having their time, and in doing so putting their rivals through the proverbial mill of emotions.

The action at the Etihad and the Stadium of Light typified the Premier League title-race all season. Back and forth, winning and then losing, neither side could be sure of any outcome. But it is a 90 minutes worth remembering.

United went ahead against Sunderland early on, and the pressure seemed to emanate from the North East and freeze City.

The favourites did take the lead back in Manchester, but lapses in concentration from City’s defence and QPR’s attacking desire saw the West Londoners steal a 2-1 lead.

As things reached boiling point, Joey Barton was sent off for QPR and he gave a cheeky John Terry-style grandad to Aguero as he left the field. City pressed and pressed, but couldn’t find a way through.

With United comfortably ahead, it looked like business as usual for the champions. But on came Balotelli, who ignited City, Dzeko scored to draw level, and in the very essence of Fergie-time, Mancini’s side won the league with seconds remaining.

Martin Tyler nearly wet himself in the commentary box, but who could blame him? Certainly not Gary Neville back in the punditry suite.

It’s a good thing Geoff Shreaves was stationed in Manchester rather than Sunderland on Sunday, because for a few minutes of City inspiration he would have been dishing out some pretty horrendous news.

Considering how flat their attack looked with just ten to go, it’s still unbelievable to comprehend that City actually fought back to win this title. But they did, and the rest will be history.

It’s been a ridiculous Premier League season from August until May, and Sunday was no exception. The results from this campaign mark it out as unique.

Manchester United 8-2 Arsenal, Spurs 1-5 City, United 1-6 City, Chelsea 3-5 Arsenal, there has been some laughable score-lines in 2011-2012.

But if this season has been a bit of a joke, City provided the punch-line by flooring United with a last-gasp winner from their Argentinian star Aguero.

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