Final-day title deciders: Man Utd triumph in style

12 May 2022
Andy Cole

Recall when the Red Devils lifted their third Premier League Trophy ahead of Newcastle United

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With the destiny of the 2021/22 Premier League Trophy going down to the final day, we look at the eight previous times the title was decided at the death.

What was at stake? 

Manchester United overturned a deficit of 12 points to Newcastle United to hold the upper hand going into the final round of fixtures in that campaign. 

Man Utd had a two-point gap and travelled to Middlesbrough knowing a draw would likely be enough to crown them champions due to their superior goal difference.

How it finished

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Manchester United MUN 38 +38 82
2 Newcastle United NEW 38 +29 78

Newcastle needed a home win against Tottenham Hotspur and had to hope the Red Devils suffered defeat, or a draw if they could beat Spurs by a big enough scoreline.

How it unfolded

But Newcastle's dreams were dashed. 

They fell behind at St James' Park and could only manage a 1-1 draw against Gerry Francis's side, with Les Ferdinand getting the equaliser. 

And in the end it would not have mattered anyway, as goals by David May and Andrew Cole helped secure a 3-0 win for Man Utd, who won their third Premier League title by four points.

Also in this series

1994/95: Blackburn edge Man Utd in dramatic day
1998/99: Cole's chip rescues Man Utd after scare
2007/08: Ronaldo hits 31 as United make it 10
2009/10: Eight-goal Chelsea ease to third title
2011/12: Aguero leaves it late to save Man City
2013/14: Man City pip Liverpool with perfect finish
2018/19: City survive scare to retain title

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