Liverpool’s dramatic win over Tottenham means we are likely to see the Premier League title race go right down to the wire this season. The Reds’ ongoing battle with Manchester City could shape up to be one for the ages—to whet your appetite, here are five of the most dramatic Premier League climaxes of all time.
We start our list at number five with the epic three-way battle between Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in 1998-99. For most of the season, the Gunners looked as if they would retain the league title, but the Blues and the Red Devils ran them close. Arsenal suffered a narrow defeat to Leeds on the penultimate match day, which meant United just had to beat Spurs on the final day to win their fifth title in seven years. They went 1-0 behind… but came back to win 2-1 to win it all. Six days later, they won the FA Cup and four days after that, they won the Champions League… to cap off their greatest ever season.
Number four takes us to 2002-03, and another campaign when Arsenal were trying to defend their title against United. By March, Arsene Wenger’s side had an eight-point lead, but they managed to give up 12 points in their final 9 games, allowing United to sneak in and grab their eighth title in dramatic fashion.
Number three is a 90s classic from 94-95, when Manchester United pushed Blackburn to the final day. Back then, Blackburn were bankrolled by industrial tycoon Jack Walker, and they had only a two point lead on the last day. The league trophy was in a helicopter, ready to be flown to the winner! It made for great TV! Dramatically, Rovers lost at Liverpool, but United could only draw against West Ham, so Blackburn won their first and only title.
Number two is one of the greatest capitulations in soccer history from 1995-96, when Newcastle United held a massive 12-point lead in January. But this list has shown Alex Ferguson was the master of mind games and finishing strong, and Kevin Keegan’s side slowly cracked under the pressure. The race went so close that the Premier League made plans for a championship play-off game at Wembley if they ended the season tied, but this was the 90s, so Manchester United won it.
In that season, Manchester City were relegated, but they enjoyed a much better fate in our number one… the all-time classic race between the two Manchester sides in 2011-12. With six games to go, United had an 8 point lead, but that lead was eaten away, not least when the two sides met at Eastlands and Manchester City won 1-0. All Manchester City had to do on the final day was beat relegation-threatened Queens Park at home, but of course, they made a meal of it and needed an iconic injury-time winner from Sergio Aguero to seal their first league title in 44 years. What an incredible moment.
That’s the top 5, maybe this year’s race will earn its way onto this list soon. For more on the beautiful game - follow @FCYahoo on your favorite social channels.