Sunday’s conclusion to officially the greatest season in Premier League history proved to be one of the most dramatic, thrilling ends to a campaign in living memory.

 

Manchester City looked to be on the cusp of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as QPR took a 2-1 lead deep into injury time at the Etihad Stadium while Manchester United kept up their end of the bargain with a 1-0 win over Sunderland.

 

Then came two goals that changed the course of Premier League history – and here is how it all unfolded.

 

15:00 – Kick-off

 

Both the games at the Etihad Stadium and the Stadium of Light get underway, with each team starting the day level on points, while City were ahead in the league table by virtue of their superior goal difference.

 

15:20 – Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United (Rooney,20) - Manchester City 0-0 QPR

 

Phil Jones’ lofted ball into the area isn’t properly dealt with by Titus Bramble, who can only direct his header into the path of Wayne Rooney, who takes his tally to 27 for the season with a close range strike at the back post.

 

News filtering through of Rooney’s strike added to the tense atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium, where City were enjoying the majority of possession but struggling to break QPR down.

 

As it stood: 1st - Manchester United, 89 points (+56); 2nd – Manchester City, 87 points (+63)

 

15:39 – Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United; Manchester City 1-0 QPR (Zabaleta, 39)

 

Tension turns to unadulterated relief at the Etihad Stadium as Pablo Zabaleta puts City in the lead thanks to an error from QPR keeper Paddy Kenny.

 

The limping Yaya Toure’s final act in the game before being substituted is to poke the ball through to the charging Zableta who has made his way into the area, with his shot squirming its way through Kenny’s limp-wristed attempt to block it.

 

As it stood: 1st – Manchester City, 89 points (+64); 2nd - Manchester United, 89 points (+56)

 

16:02 – Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United; Manchester City 1-1 QPR (Cisse, 48)

 

Catastrophe for City as a Joleon Lescott error hands United the advantage in a title race the is rapidly heading for a dramatic crescendo.

 

Lescott’s mistimed header plays Djibril Cisse through on goal, and the Frenchman makes no mistake as he slams home an emphatic finish to stun the home crowd. Advantage United.

 

As it stood: Manchester United, 89 points (+56); 2nd – Manchester City, 87 points (+63)

 

16:08 - Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United; Manchester City 1-1 QPR (Barton red card, 54)

 

QPR’s chances of survival and getting something out of the game look bleak as Joey Barton embarks on a one man rampage.

 

Tevez provokes the former Manchester City man, who unleashes an elbow to the throat of the Argentinian before kneeing Sergio Aguero and aiming a head butt at Vincent Kompany. Not satisfied with his day’s work, Barton tries to go for Balotelli but is hauled away from the pitch.

 

As it stood: Manchester United, 89 points (+56); 2nd – Manchester City, 87 points (+63)

 

16:20 - Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United; Manchester City 1-2 QPR (Mackie, 66)

 

The Etihad is stunned into silence, the title that was theirs for the taking looked as far away as it had ever been at any point in the season.

 

Armand Traore roves forward down the left, beating Vincent Kompany too easily before lifting his head to find Jamie Mackie bursting forward at the back post. A pinpoint cross is delivered and Mackie does the rest with a fine diving header. The greatest upset in the Premier League history, as Mark Hughes would later put it, is on.

 

As it stood: Manchester United, 89 points (+56); 2nd – Manchester City, 86 points (+62)

 

16:46 - Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United; Manchester City 2-2 QPR (Dzeko, 92)

 

A lifeline for City and a dousing of United’s fire over at the Stadium of Light; Roberto Mancini’s side are level.

 

The home side would eventually register 44 attempts on goal throughout the game but the ball simply wouldn’t go in, until substitute Edin Dzeko came to the fore.

 

David Silva’s sublime corner was poked home from six yards out to bring the scores level. The full-time whistle went at Sunderland and Untied were celebrating, did this dramatic day have anything else left to offer?

 

As it stood: Manchester United, 89 points (+56); 2nd – Manchester City, 87 points (+63)

 

16:49 - Sunderland 0-1 Manchester United; Manchester City 2-3 QPR (Aguero, 95)

 

Pandemonium at the Etihad Stadium, muted agony at the Stadium of Light. Vincent Kompany would later reveal that Aguero had tears in his eyes as he ran away to celebrate his goal that would win City their first title in 44 years.

 

With time running out and United waiting on the result from the Etihad, City’s fans thought it was over; some had left, others held their heads in their hands.

 

A last roll of the dice saw the ball played across the area to Aguero who feigned his way past one defender before rifling home his shot past Paddy Kenny. From agony to delirium in the time it took for the ball to leave Aguero’s boot and find the back of the net.

 

United trudge off the pitch, inconsolable, at the Stadium of Light. They have lost the title in the most painful way imaginable.

 

As it stood: Manchester City, 89 points (+64); 2nd – Manchester United, 89 points (+56)

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