14 May 2012

City secure the Premiership title

10:31 am on 14 May 2012

Manchester City secured a first English football title in 44 years in extraordinary circumstances as two stoppage-time goals snatched a 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers to deny Manchester United another championship.

In a breathless, tension-wracked finale to one of the most dramatic and unpredictable seasons for decades, United's 1-nil win at Sunderland seemed to have sealed their 20th title but with the final whistle blown at the Stadium of Light, City produced a last twist.

Both United and City finished on 89 points but City's superior goal difference of eight proved decisive as the English title was settled on goals, rather than points, for only the sixth time and the first since Arsenal edged out Liverpool on the final day of the 1988-89 season.

The City manager Robert Mancini says it was a crazy season and a crazy finish to it....

meanwhile it was United's first trophyless season since 2005.

Bolton were the third team to be relegated.