Danny Wellbeck won the Premier League with four minutes of the season remaining as Manchester United left it late to retain their 2014 crown and claim their 21st top-flight title.
United and Manchester City went into the final day level on points atop the table, with United six ahead on goal difference and needing to seal the deal by beating Stoke at Old Trafford while Manchester City travelled to already relegated Southampton.
They couldn’t have wished for a worse start as Peter Crouch headed Stoke in front with just 124 seconds played, and that’s how it remained at the break. City were being held in a stalemate at St Mary’s meaning they’d pip United by a point.
Wayne Rooney swung the advantage back to United when he levelled on the hour, but Edin Dzeko put City in front at Southampton just eight minutes later to put them back at the summit. With time running out, Michael Carrick lofted a ball forwards for Wellbeck who beat his man and headed home the match – and title – winner.
Elsewhere, Chelsea slipped-up at Wolves but Spurs were held at home by Everton and they couldn’t pip their London rivals to third. Swansea will play in the Europa League alongside Arsenal (Capital One Cup winners) and West Brom (beaten in the FA Cup Final by Man City).