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Final-day title deciders: Cole rescues Man Utd

11 May 2019

Watch when the Red Devils came from behind to beat Spurs and pip Arsenal to the 1998/99 PL Trophy by just one point

With the destiny of the 2018/19 Premier League Trophy going down to the final day, we look at the seven previous times the title was decided at the death.


Manchester United held just a one-point lead over Arsenal with both title contenders playing at home on the final day. 

Reigning champions Arsenal had only surrendered top spot four days earlier when they lost 1-0 at Leeds United and Man Utd leapfrogged them with a point against Blackburn Rovers

It meant United, who hosted Tottenham Hotspur, only had to match or better Arsenal's result against Aston Villa to regain their fifth title from the Gunners. 

How it finished

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 MUN 38 +43 79
2 ARS 38 +42 78

Arsene Wenger's side were given hope when Spurs, their north London rivals, went ahead after 24 minutes at Old Trafford through Les Ferdinand

But two great finishes either side of half-time from David Beckham and Andrew Cole completed a turnaround win that rendered Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Villa academic. 

It was a key moment as United went on to also win the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League, something that might inspire Manchester City as they seek a treble of their own in 2018/19.

Also in this series

Part 1: 1994/95 Blackburn edge Man Utd
Part 2: 1995/96 Man Utd triumph in style
Part 4: 2007/08 Giggs and Ronaldo make it 10
Part 5: 2009/10 Eight-goal Chelsea end United reign
Part 6: 2011/12 Last-gasp Aguero saves Man City
Part 7: 2013/14 Man City pip Liverpool with perfect finish

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