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Final-day title deciders: Cole rescues Man Utd after scare

12 May 2022

Watch when the Red Devils came from behind to beat Spurs and pip Arsenal to the trophy

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 held 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
How it unfolded

Arsene Wenger's side were given hope when Spurs 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 for a historic treble.

Also in this series

1994/95: Blackburn triumph in dramatic day
1995/96: Man Utd triumph in style
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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