7. Manchester Utd 1-6 Manchester City and Balotelli’s ‘ Why Always Me’
After so many years of Manchester United superiority, and so many recent games when Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had punished City with late goals, it was as if Roberto Mancini’s side were channeling all the frustration of that into one fantastical crescendo for Edin Dzeko to make it a sensational 6-1. The Italian’s side scored three emphatic late goals of their own to inflict Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst defeat as United boss and his club’s worst at home since 1930. It also changed the course of history, as City showed there was more substance to them than money, going on to become champions and ensuring that the shockwaves of this had an even greater effect than similar big United defeats like the 5-0 to Newcastle United.
One of the major talking points of the game was Balotelli ‘ Why Always Me’ shirt celebration , after he scored the opening goal of the game.
6. Arsenal Invincibles (2003-04)
Arsene Wenger’s team of the 2003-04 vintage is the first to win the Premier League title having not lost a game. They played 38 league games, won 26 and drew 12, scored 73 goals and conceded just 26, for a total of 90 points.
Captained by Frenchman Patrick Vieira, the team consisted of some of the greats of the Premier League era: Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell. Winning the title by 11 points, they were the first team since Preston North End in 1889 to achieve the feat in the top flight, having played 16 matches more.
5. Alex Ferguson retirement and David Moyes appointment (2013)
In his final season in charge of the one of the world’s most famous clubs, Sir Alex Ferguson — the most successful football manager in British history — bowed out with a Premier League title. Ferguson ended his reign with 49 trophies: 13 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and two Champions League titles, to name but a few.
If Ferguson’s retirement was stunning news but obviously inevitable, Moyes’ appointment was both intensely perplexing and surprising. He was given the benefit of the doubt by virtue of who chose him, but it so quickly became apparent he was out of depth, and thereby sent the entire dynamic of the Premier League out of kilter.
After two decades where you could be pretty much guaranteed that Manchester United would be the baseline of competitiveness for winning the title; the threshold. That all evaporated with Moyes, and created the most unpredictable and open period in the English top flight since before the Premier League began.
4. Luis Suarez’s bite (2014)
The Premier League has seen bad fouls, bad fights and some downright bad moments but, even with aggression, Suarez took it to new levels. It had never seen a bite, even if the Uruguayan’s career has bizarrely seen more than one.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez made his mark on the Premier League in myriad ways. The striker will be remembered as one of the greatest goalscorers to have played in the league, but also as one of its most controversial.
The Uruguayan bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a match at Anfield, which led to a 10-match ban for the Liverpool player. Even Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron had an opinion on the matter, calling on the Football Association to make an example of the player, which it did.
3. Gerrard’s Slip (2015)
Liverpool were in brilliant form and seemed on course to secure a first league title for 24 years. They had won 11 consecutive matches and were unbeaten in 16 when Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea came to Anfield. But a Steven Gerrard error would cost them dearly that season. Just two weeks after the club captain had tried to so consciously lead by example by demanding that the league leaders “do not let this slip”… he slipped, to see Demba Ba score, Chelsea win 2-0 and the fate of the trophy to go into Manchester City’s hands.
Inside his own half, the captain slipped, lost possession and Chelsea’s Demba Ba capitalized, putting the Londoners on their way to a 2-0 victory. Liverpool’s title charge came to a halt after that loss. A disastrous draw at Crystal Palace followed and Manchester City clinched the title. “There’s not a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about what if that didn’t happen,” Gerrard has said.