City snatches victory from Man United
Manchester City scored twice in stoppage time to snatch the Premier League crown away from neighbours United.
A sensational final day of the season ended in dramatic fashion, with City coming back from 2-1 behind to win their first league title since 1968.
Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie had threatened to wreck the hosts' dreams of claiming the championship.
But with five minutes of stoppage time, Roberto Mancini's men produced the most amazing finish to a season in Premier League history.
First Edin Dzeko nodded City level before Sergio Aguero collected Mario Balotelli’s return pass and drove home the goal that crowned City champions.
Bolton’s failure to beat Stoke meant QPR survived anyway, which was the very least their defiant defending deserved in a truly astonishing game.
Mancini said: "It was incredible — they deserved this. To win it like this is incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a finale like this.
“We didn’t deserve to lose, we had a lot of chances and we deserved to win the game and championship.
“It’s fantastic for the club and the supporters after 44 years. It’s been a crazy season and a crazy last minute.”
The Italian added: “Five minutes from the end, I didn’t think we’d win this game. But we deserved to win this and deserved to win the title. We were on top for 20 games.
“I think for us it was really important to start winning this championship, Manchester City can have a big future now.”
City captain Vincent Kompany admitted the dramatic ending was almost too much for him.
He said: “You want to say it’s the best moment of your life but, if I’m honest, please never again this way.
“Even though the first half was really good we just couldn’t get through.”
But Kompany insists he never lost faith. He added: "I never stopped believing.
"When Edin scored that goal, it reminded me of so many other moments during the season when we’ve done this before. There was no reason not to believe.
“It’s not sunk in yet. I don’t know what happened at the end, it was just a huge mess.
“I’m so happy for the guys because they’ve given so much this season.
"We’ve dreamed of this all our lives and now we’re champions. See the fans and how happy they are - unbelievable.”
Published May 14 2012