ManUtd.com recalls the three previous occasions when United were in contention for the Premier League title on a dramatic last day. First up,
14 May 1995, at Upton Park...
United had been slowly reeling in Kenny Dalglish's faltering Blackburn for weeks, although Rovers' midweek win over Newcastle ensured they would go into the final weekend two points ahead of the Reds. Blackburn travelled to Liverpool, while United headed south to face West Ham.
"We've got bottle," bellowed a madcap Tim Flowers after the win over Kevin Keegan's Magpies. That outburst looked prophetic as Alan Shearer swept Rovers into an early lead at Anfield.
Matters soon worsened for United, who adopted a cautious 4-5-1 formation at Upton Park, as Michael Hughes volleyed the Hammers ahead after half an hour. At half-time in both games, Blackburn were strolling to the title by five points.
Shortly after the matches resumed, however, two minutes changed the face of the afternoon. Brian McClair thumped home a fine levelling header for United in the 54th minute, while almost immediately John Barnes equalised for Liverpool at Anfield. United's superior goal difference meant that one more goal would mean the title.
West Ham United 1 Manchester United 1
Liverpool 2 Blackburn Rovers 1
1. Blackburn P42 W27 D8 L7 Pts 89
2. United P42 W26 D10 L6 Pts 88
What The Boss Said
"We did more than we needed to win the game, but maybe it was fate that was against us."
- Sir Alex Ferguson
What The Papers Said
"You could have wept for United. To watch a side perform so heroically and still lose was heart-stopping for the neutral, heart-breaking for those more closely involved."