What’s better than a team winning its first championship in 44 years in a miracle-on-grass finish with a goal by the son-in-law of Diego Maradona? Only one thing.
“Pipping” the local rival.
Manchester City, improbably, amazingly, stunningly, epicly, managed all of the above, winning the English Premier League championship with a 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday — by snatching it from a celebratory Manchester United team.
The city rivals had taken turns leading the standings all season long — and United had seemingly won the title with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland on Sunday. But then City went into top gear, rallying from a 2-1 deficit. Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero, Maradona’s son-in-law, scored during injury time and City had its first league title since 1968 on goal difference.
“Miracles do happen in Manchester,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “This time it's on this side of the road.”
“I feel maybe 90 years old right now,” City Coach Roberto Mancini said. “It was incredible. … I just don't know what to say. But, no, if I'm honest, five minutes from the end, I did not think we could win.”
United Manager Alex Ferguson, whose team was foiled in its attempt to win its 20th Premier League title, had once sneered that City was a mere “noisy neighbor.” (That commented City fans to wear “Noisy Neighbour” sweatshirts.) Not now.
“It's a cruel way [to lose the title],” United Manager Alex Ferguson said. (Watch as United, still on the pitch, learns of City’s victory.) “We've experienced many ups and downs in the 25 years I've been here, most of them have been great, we've won the title three times on the last day, today we nearly did it.
“I'd like to say on behalf of Manchester United, congratulations to our neighbors — a fantastic achievement to win the Premier League.”