LONDON: As Manchester City’s players trudged off the pitch on April 8 following a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, only the most wildly optimistic of their supporters would have believed that barely a month later they would be on the brink of a historic league title triumph.
Manchester United (right) were the masters of timing title charges to perfection, blessed with the near-mythical quality of knowing what it takes to get over the finish line. Nothing would stop them now.
But a catastrophic sequence of results, which saw United claim only one win in their next four matches, allowed City to edge clear of them on goal difference after their momentous 1-0 win over their neighbours on April 30.”I think the Everton game was the killer for us,” Ferguson reflected last week. “It was an absolutely ridiculous performance in the last 10 minutes of the match. Just absolute carelessness,” said Ferguson.
Regardless of what happens on Sunday, few will argue that the current campaign has been among the most compelling in English football history.This season is also on course to be the most prolific. With 10 matches left 1,034 goals have been scored — 30 more on Sunday would break the existing record of 1,063 set in the 2010/2011 campaign.