City went into the second Manchester derby of the season 15 points – or five victories – behind United, so their triumph at Old Trafford wasn’t anything like as significant as their home success a year ago. It still hurt the Reds, however, and sparked a winning response away to Stoke on the same day City booked a place in the FA Cup final. In the following midweek, the Blues actually closed the gap by beating Wigan as United were held by West Ham. But when City lost 3-1 at Tottenham, it left the Reds needing only to beat Aston Villa at Old Trafford to guarantee a historic 20th league title. Victory was achieved, of course, with van Persie's glorious second hat-trick for the club. A fitting end to a thrilling title race - and with four games to spare.
United - 1st (84 points); Man City - 2nd (68 points); Chelsea - 3rd (61 points)