Amazing, amazing last day. What a nail biting finish! City looked done for as full time went by and they were a goal down to QPR. They had to score twice to win the title with about 3 minutes left in stoppage as United were winning away at Sunderland.
10 man QPR were proving extra-ordinarily tough to break as City swamped them but kept running out of ideas. The body language of both players and fans was terrible. Would Mark Hughes exact revenge on his former club and be canonized at Old Trafford?
Somehow, somewhere, like the phoenix, all in the last three minutes, City managed to rise as Edin Dzeko rose to score a stratospheric header from an umpteenth corner and then Mario Balotelli while going down managed to feed Sergio Aguero who side stepped Anton Ferdinand neatly and launched the winning rocket. Instant pandemonium. A few hundred miles away, United who had just won the Sunderland match and were ready to celebrate had to hold everything back. Spare a thought for their jangled emotions.
That goal by Kun Aguero will be played and re-played from the pubs in Bangor, Maine to the Kamchatka peninsula. Balotelli carted off as a villain in the Arsenal loss will not get enough credit for that heads up piece of opportunism.
Congratulations, City for coming through finally in a season with enough twists and turns to make a sloth dizzy. Eight points down a month ago and City’s team spirit fraying visibly this was a courageous comeback after being written off. We can talk off the £1bn price tag of winning the Premiership but what doesn’t get talked about enough is Roberto Mancini’s nightmare dealing with gargantuan egos and managing players in a perpetual state of revolt.
City deserved it in the end. Does this mean the start of a Blue Moon era? Nothing would be sweeter to a City fan but as the Premiership showed time and time again this season, there is no team that will give them an easy pass.