- English Barclays Premier League
- 13 May 2012, 2:00pm
- Stadium of Light
- Attendance: 46,452
It was a very improbable task but Man United bums got squeaky when Edin Dzeko scored to equalise for Man City.
With the full-time whistle gone at the Stadium of Light, all Man United eyes turned to the Etihad Stadium with noisy neighbours Man City 1-2 down against QPR and needing two goals in injury time for them to lift the title.
So an absolutely bonkers end to an absolutely bonkers Premier League season. The title was going to Old Trafford after Manchester United put in a commanding, determined performance to win at Sunderland.
Then, Red Devil ectasy turned to heartbreak and agony as Sergio Aguero scored with practically the last kick of the game which saw the title unbelievably fall back into the blue side of Manchester.
FULL-TIME: MAN UNITED FINISH SECOND!The Red Devils did what they had to do and win but it's not enough! Man United were seconds away from clinching the title until Dzeko and Aguero scored for Man City in injury time to give Man City the win and the title!
90+3 MINS: AGUERO SCORES FOR CITY! That goal has put City back top on goal difference with just seconds remaining. What a final day. I can't believe it!
90+1 mins: City have scored! If they score one more they have won the title. As it stands the title is still going to Man United...
90 mins: Three minutes of time added on here and FIVE minutes at the Etihad. Man City need two goals or the title is heading to Old Trafford!
88 mins:Man United win a free-kick down next to the right-edge of the are which is pounded away by Mignolet from Giggs. Sir Alex's side are remarkably closing in on their 20th league title.
86 mins: Rooney and Valencia try to conjure something up down the right channel but the former misplaces his pass. Sunderland haven't had the ball for a long time now.
84 mins: Man United are quite rightly just playing keep ball now under no real pressure. You could have got 6/1 for the Red Devils to win the title. It's looking very, very likely now!
81 mins: The current league leaders have a throw deep in enemy territory but before that is taken, Young trots off for Nani.
78 mins:Man United launch another promising attack as Rooney spreads the play out to Valencia. It comes to an abrupt end though as the Ecuadorian taps the ball out after seeing Young injured on the floor.
75 mins: Fantastic save from Mignolet! He tips the ball over the bar from Giggs after having to rush back up off the deck as Scholes hits the post. Before that frenzy, Wickham comes on for Vaughan.
73 mins: The Man United fans are singing their hearts out as they watch their team keep possession. They believe that the title is unbelievably heading their way!
70 mins: Turner was booked for the foul that lead to that close range free-kick moments ago and now Scholes follows after another trademark late tackle.
68 mins: Man United can only win a corner from the free-kick but still keep on the pressure long afterwards. Scholes tries to lift the ball through for Giggs but he can't pull it off.
65 mins: Ten-man QPR have taken the lead at Man City! It just gets even better for Man United who have a free-kick right on the edge of the area...
64 mins: It's a corner to Sunderland as McLean's cross is cut out by Jones. The ball drifts in from the left where it is met by Bramble who heads weakly to De Gea.
62 mins: Second change of the afternoon for Sunderland as Bardsley races off for Bridge.
60 mins: The ball is played into the feet of Campbell who has his back to goal. He tries to squirm free of three Man United players but eventually loses possession.
57 mins:Back at the Stadium of Light, Young gets on the end of Valencia's pinpoint cross but his volley is blocked behind by Gardner.
55 mins: At the Etihad Stadium, QPR's Barton has completely lost the plot against his former club and has been sent off. He catches Tevez off the ball, he then boots Aguero in his legs and then tries to headbutt Kompany!
53 mins: Another half-chance for the Black Cats! Sessegnon turns away from his marker in the area but drags his shot wide of the left post.
51 mins: Big appeals for a Sunderland penalty as El-Mohamedy is wrestled to the ground in the area. The ref remains completely motionless as Bardsley's goalbound shot is blocked vitally away.
49 mins: What drama on the final day! Rooney forces Mignolet into a strong save and Jones also goes close as the Red Devils try to extend their lead.
47 mins: QPR have scored at Man City! That puts Manchester United top again. The news is met by wild celebrations in the away end! Incredible stuff!
46 mins: Man United instantly launch an attack with Giggs meandering through the middle. He stabs the ball through to Young who flicks on to Rooney but he is beaten to the ball by Mignolet.
45 mins: We're a little late in getting restarted as we try to synchronise the two title matches. Man United eventually get the game back under way.
HALF-TIME: It's been a commanding display from the Red Devils so far. Wayne Rooney put Man United momentarily top of the league with his header in the 20th minute but they have since fallen back into second after Man City took the lead against QPR just before the break. Stay tuned for the last 45 minutes of the season!
45 mins: Two minutes of stoppage time are added on at the Stadium of Light. Young bends a cross in from the left looking for Valencia but the ball is played too far ahead of him.
43 mins: O'Shea has been struggling with a knock and with Valencia, and won't play any further part in this match against his former club. He is replaced by El-Mohamady.
41 mins: Man United's heads are showing no signs of dropping as they go on the hunt for a second goal. Valencia cuts in from the right byline but eventually overruns the ball to the grateful Mignolet.
39 mins: It's the news you have been dreading Man United fans. Man City are back at the summit on goal difference after Zabaleta scores for the noisy neighbours.
37 mins: Jones is the first Man United player shown yellow for a late tackle as Sunderland looked to break. The Mackems have certainly upped their game in the last few minutes with McLean seeing his shot blocked and Sessegnon inches away from making contact to a cross.
35 mins:Within a couple of minutes Man United are very nearly punished. The ball is scooped up and over the Red Devils defence for Campbell to strike on the volley. He keeps his cool but directs the shot wide of the left post!
33 mins: What a miss from Rooney! The visitors string together around 30 passes before Valencia scoots past O'Shea once again. He finds Young in the area who sidefoots it onto Rooney who somehow fails to connect from close range!
31 mins: Another former Man United player is in the book as Bardsley is punished for a clumsy tackle near the manager's touchline.
29 mins: Rooney tonks the crossbar! He's initially brought down in front of goal just outside the area. He dusts himself down before curling the resulting free-kick onto the top of the bar. Man United are in complete control.
26 mins: Valencia is seeing plenty of the ball for Man United and his pressure helps create another good chance moments later. From a throw on the right, it is given to Young in the box who lays off for Giggs to hammer a shot goalwards. Mignolet is at full stretch to save that one!
24 mins: Evra is ok to continue after a bit of treatment. He comes back on as his team wins a free-kick from a inside right position 20 yards out. Rooney leaves it for Giggs but the Welshman smashes the ball into the wall.
22 mins: Play is halted after Campbell goes in with two feet on Evra and picks up the first yellow. Fergie is absolutely livid on the touchline and wants a red. I've seen them given for that.
20 MINS: MAN UNITED AHEAD! The Red Devils, who have really been turning the screw in the last few minutes, are currently top of the league! They leapfrog Man City after Jones drifts a lovely cross in from the right for the undetected Rooney to nod in at the far post!
16 mins: Man United win a corner after Bramble heads Giggs' sidefooted cross behind. It's belted in from the left... and headed inches over by Jones after Mignolet is caught in no man's land!
13 mins:It's all very cagey. The Man United fans are drawn more to their mobiles for the City score rather than the match in front of them. Garnder whips a cross intended for McLean but Evans outmuscles him, before guarding the ball out for a goal-kick.
11 mins: The hosts are finding it very difficult to clear their lines as another Valencia cross is cleared tamely away. Young curls in a couple of dangerous balls into area but Rooney and Co can't get on the end of it.
8 mins: Man United attack for the first time and it nearly results in the opener. Valencia skips past O'Shea and drills a low cross deep into the area where Bramble hastily clears with a weak bicycle kick.
6 mins: Sunderland continue to press with Sessegnon and former Red Devil Campbell looking lively. The ball drops to Vaughan who also has a dig from range, but De Gea doesn't have to move to catch that one.
3 mins: It's a quiet start at the Stadium of Light. The visitors are a little sluggish out of the traps and McLean gets the first shot of the afternoon away. Easily saved by De Gea.
0 mins: Peep! Howard Webb blows his whistle to allow Sunderland, in their famous red and white stripes, to get underway. Man United are in their blue away strips, playing from right to left as I see it.
1500: Kick-off is just seconds away. Ferdinand and Scholes are rallying the Man United troops as they go through their last minute stretches. Can they somehow claim the title today?
1455: Welcome to Orange's live commentary from the Stadium of Light as Man Utd look to pick up the points which would see them retain the title if - and that's a whacking great if - Man City slip up at home to QPR. I'll bring you live commentary from 1500, in the mean time check out the line-ups below, and fill the text box above to send in your predictions. We'll also have live commentary on Man City v QPR.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 13 May 2012, 2:00pm
- Stadium of Light
- Attendance: 46,452
Wayne Rooney's winner in a 1-0 victory at Sunderland proved insufficient for Manchester United as Manchester City won the Premier League title.
United went into injury time leading 1-0 on Sunday, and with City trailing 2-1 to 10-man QPR at the Etihad Stadium.
By the time the final whistle sounded at the Stadium of Light, City had levelled, but the celebrations on Wearside had barely started when Sergio Aguero saved Roberto Mancini's men at the death to clinch a first title for the Blues in 44 years.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his players trudged back to the dressing room knowing they had been so close at the end of a remarkable season, but it was the home fans who stayed behind to cheer their heroes on a day when victory and defeat ultimately counted for little for either club.
United might have won significantly more comfortably on the day had it not been for the woodwork and Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet, but they could have emerged with just a point after they failed to dispatch Sunderland with old boy Fraizer Campbell passing up a glorious opportunity to level.
For much of the opening 45 minutes, there was little doubt about how events would unfold on Wearside with the visitors dominating for long periods and creating enough chances to have held up their end of the bargain by the time the whistle sounded for the break.
In the event, they led by a single goal, courtesy of Rooney's close-range 20th-minute header from full-back Phil Jones' cross.
The England striker might have claimed a hat-trick inside 14 minutes, but he saw his free-kick come back off the crossbar on the half-hour and then uncharacteristically miskicked with the goal at his mercy four minutes later when Ashley Young's wayward shot arrived perfectly for him.
With 37-year-old Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, 38, running the game from midfield, it seemed only a matter of time before United increased their lead and wrapped up the win.
Mignolet had also had to beat away a well-struck effort from Giggs but as time ran down, the home side started to make an impression.
Their best chance fell to Campbell as he ran on to Stephane Sessegnon's 36th-minute cross, but to the relief of Ferguson, the man who sold him to Sunderland, he steered his volley wide of the post.
However, the mood at the Stadium of Light changed as news of City's opener started to filter around to wildly differing responses from the respective sets of supporters.
Antonio Valencia might have lifted the descending gloom for the travelling fans in injury time when he forced a decent save from Mignolet, but Ferguson's men headed for the dressing room knowing their fate was being decided elsewhere.
United returned determined to kill off the game as quickly as possible, and might have done so within two minutes when Valencia slid Rooney in only for Mignolet to deny him with a brave block.
But the fans behind the Belgian's goal were celebrating within seconds when news of QPR's equaliser sparked a delirious reaction.
Jones glanced a 50th-minute header just wide, but the home side were appealing in vain for a penalty two minutes after substitute Ahmed Elmohamady was bundled to the ground by Jonny Evans in pursuit of James McClean's cross.
Sunderland were enjoying their best period of the game as United found themselves having to defend deep and in numbers.
But it would have been 2-0 with 59 minutes gone had Craig Gardner not thrown himself into the path of Young's volley from Valencia's teasing cross.
Young tested Mignolet at his near post with a driven cross five minutes later with the tension rising, although there were joyous scenes on the terraces when the travelling fans heard of QPR's second goal.
United were unfortunate not to increase their lead with 14 minutes regaining when Scholes smashed a volley against the foot of the post and Mignolet recovered superbly to tip Giggs' follow-up over the bar.
But as the time ebbed away, the United fans could hardly contain themselves, hoping no news from the blue half of the city was good news.
Rooney clipped the outside of the post with a last-minute free-kick and the partying was just about to start when the worst possible news arrived for those of a red persuasion.