Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insisted he never gave up hope of lifting the Premier League trophy, even when Roberto Mancini’s side went into injury time 2-1 down.
Goals from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero in added time turned the game, as well as the title race, on its head and meant the Etihad Stadium side were crowned new league champions.
Kompany, recently named Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, says he drew belief from other last-gasp wins this seasons and always thought the Citizens had a chance to turn the game around at the death.
“No, to be honest,” he replied in the Manchester Evening News when asked if he thought City had blown it.
“For some reason, it just reminded me of some games like the game against Tottenham, where we won in the last minute, and the game against Sunderland, where we came back to equalise in the last minute.”
This win gave City their first league title in 44 years and sparked euphoric scenes in the ground, while Manchester United fans went quickly from a state of elation to despair at the Stadium of Light.
Wayne Rooney scored the winner there but it made no difference in one of the most dramatic finishes to a league season in history.
Kompany has been outstanding all season and acknowledged the importance of small moments over the campaign for why they were able to win the league – he also highlighted the relief that the other side of the city was the benefit of last-gasp fortune.
“Ultimately a point [against Sunderland] got us where we are today. Miracles do happen in Manchester, I guess on this side of the road this time,” he added.