Sportsmail looks back at the best title deciders

07 May 2011 03:51
ShareWith the destination this season's Barclay's Premier League title set to be all but settled at Old Trafford on Sunday, Sportsmail takes a look back at five other league deciders.

Liverpool P37 76ptsArsenal P37 73ptsLiverpool 0-2 Arsenal (May 26, 1989)

The only occasion when the title race has come down to the top two sides facing each other in the final fixture of the season. In injury time and with the last attack, Michael Thomas famously beat Bruce Grobbelaar to send the Gunners into ecstasy.

Last-gasp: David Rocastle (right) and Michael Thomas with the First Division Championship trophy

Newcastle P27 61ptsMan Utd P28 57ptsNewcastle 0-1 Man Utd (March 4, 1996)

The year of Kevin Keegan's meltdown on live TV. Newcastle, who had been 12 points clear, lost to Eric Cantona's solitary goal. They were overtaken at the top of the table by United two weeks later and ended up four points adrift. King Kev didn't love it.

Man Utd P30 60pts, Arsenal P27 51ptsMan Utd 0-1 Arsenal (March 14, 1998)

Arsenal had three games in hand and goalkeeper Alex Manninger, deputising for David Seaman, was in the middle of a run of eight clean sheets. Marc Overmars poked the ball through Peter Schmeichel's legs with 10 minutes to play and they ended up winning the title with two games to spare.

Priceless: Overmars scores for Arsenal against United

Man Utd P36 76ptsArsenal P36 81ptsMan Utd 0-1 Arsenal (May 8, 2002)

Arsenal landed the Double at the Theatre of Dreams. On his 100th appearance, Sylvain Wiltord struck a sweet shot to light up an otherwise brutal, physical confrontation.

Praise me: Wiltord celebrates after his goal won the title for Arsenal

Man Utd P32 72ptsChelsea P32 71ptsMan Utd 1-2 Chelsea (April 3, 2010)

Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that this game, in between crashing out of the Champions League to Bayern Munich, cost the title. Chelsea overtook United thanks to an arguably offside strike from Didier Drogba. Chelsea won the title by a point. Same again, Didi?

Crucial: Didier Drogba's goal helped Chelsea beat United last season

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 Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Kevin Keegan, David Seaman, Didier Drogba, Bruce Grobbelaar Places: Newcastle, Liverpool

Source: Daily_Mail

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