Buoyed by heavy investment from owners the Abu Dhabi Group, the current incarnation of Manchester City mounted their most serious title challenge to date in 2011-12. Standing in their way—naturally—were 12-time Premier League champions Manchester United, who held an eight-point lead as late as April 10.
City roared back into the race with six straight wins to close the season. By the final day of the campaign, the "noisy neighbors" needed only to beat relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers to win their first title since 1968.
B/R's Karl Matchett wrote an excellent summary of the dramatic final day of the 2011-12 season, and to understand fully the unbearable tension of all the events, it's worth your time to read the entire article. But for our purposes, all you need to know is this.
Heading into second-half stoppage time, City trailed QPR 2-1. Edin Dzeko equalized in the second of five minutes of stoppage time, and Argentine striker Sergio Aguero won it two minutes later. The goal came literally seconds after Manchester United had beaten Sunderland behind Wayne Rooney's lone goal.
If Aguero hadn't scored, Manchester United would have been champions yet again. Instead, his goal pulled City level on points with United—City had a superior goal differential—and the Etihad erupted.
It was a heart-stopping moment, one that no Premier League fan will ever forget.
“It has been 44 years since this club last had their hands on the title and everyone at City knows that is too long," manager Roberto Mancini said.
He added: “The supporters have never lost faith or patience—even in the last five minutes today—and we are so pleased that this season, we have delivered some history for them."