Manchester City supporters have never felt this good but the red half of Manchester have never been so down.
It was a cruel way to lose the title but when Yaya Touré scored City’s second against Newcastle last week, that was it. All done. Or so it seemed.
Yet somehow the Premier League crown was astoundingly heading back to Old Trafford with City needing to score twice in injury time. Suddenly, it was back on. Then, all gone again.
For the Red Devils it was mental torture, anguish, and a crushing sense of loss and failure.
Perhaps anger at Queens Park Rangers’ defence collapsing after believing they were safe no matter what.
But where did it all go wrong for United? Was it the BetFred curse striking again? Back in 1998, Fred Done paid out £500,000 when United soared 12 points clear of Arsenal, who had a game in hand and wrestled back top spot. On Sunday, the Red Devils supporter was red-faced again.
But there has got to be more to it than that. Sunday 8 April, Wayne Rooney helped United go eight points clear with six games to go.
Four points from an available 12 ultimately led to Sir Alex Ferguson’s downfall. Losing at Wigan was inexcusable. A draw would have meant he had his hands on United’s 20th title.
So what now? The likes of Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck and even Rooney need to bottle how they felt out on the pitch, when the harrowing news filtered through. This needs to drive them on next season and the four or five after that.
Ferguson will postpone retirement for at least another two or three years. This is no way for him to go out.
It should also goad him into importing some intensity into a lacklustre midfield.
Cleverley and Paul Pogba should be mainstays next season, but humiliating European defeats require a major change.
Two young, dynamic, powerhouse midfielders need to be bought – young Tourés but with more drive and loyalty.
As most people were focused on City’s dramatic 3-2 win over QPR, Swansea City also had a thrilling climax to the season.
The win, the late goal, the club hero – who would have thought Danny Graham would score in the 86th minute to secure 11th place for Swansea?
City’s first title in 44 years is an impressive achievement but Swansea out-did them in the surprise stakes this year.
For a team with limited resources, 11th place is a serious achievement, and the Swans have been everyone’s second favourite team this season.
They’ve also had a serious impact on the destination of the Premier League title and the Champions League spots, no mean feat for a team with the least familiar team sheet in the division.
They count Arsenal, City and Liverpool on their list of scalps and they’re style of play is not too bad either.
Brendan Rodgers deserves grand applause for striking a perfect balance between fine play and a stingy defence, the sides’ 14 clean sheets this season are testament to that.
Any ideas the players may have of letting their hair down in the post-season party period seem to have Rodgers’ endorsement too, a rare admission for a Premier League manager but a mark of how extraordinary the Welsh side’s year has been.
“It’s important now to celebrate that success,” said Rodgers on the final day.
“And we’ll look to improve over the summer and go again for next season.”
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