After trailing Arsenal for most of the 2022/23 English Premier League (EPL) season. Manchester City are now set to snatch the EPL away from the Gunners and win their 3rd straight EPL title. While this would represent a great comeback, in the legend of teams that had to make grand comebacks to win the tile, it would still rank quite low, as they have been on Arsenal's tail throughout the season.
Check out some of the greatest comebacks from teams that ended up winning the EPL:
2002-03: Manchester United overtake Arsenal (gap overcome: 8 points*)
Back in the halcyon days of the Alex Ferguson era one could never discount Manchester United. So, it wasn’t too surprising when they overcame an 8-point deficit in the 2nd week of March (with a game in hand) to beat their close rivals, Arsenal. United had quite a poor start to the season by their high standards but then managed to win 15 and draw 3 of their last 18 matches after Boxing Day, including a critical draw at Highbury.
2012-13: Manchester City overtake Manchester United (gap overcome: 8 points)
Signs of the tide turning in English football could be seen during the dramatic 2012/2013 season, where Manchester City overcame an 8-point deficit(with 6 games to play) to dethrone Manchester United. United slipped up by losing to Wigan and Everton before they lost 1-0 to their title rivals. City then won the title on the last day of the season in one of the most dramatic endings ever to an EPL title race, as an injury-time winner against Queen Park Rangers from Sergio Agüero gave City their first English Premier League title.
2013-14: Manchester City overtake Liverpool (gap overcome: 9 points)
The groundwork for Manchester City’s recent domination of English football was perhaps laid during the 2013/14 title race, where they came back from 9 points down with 5 matches to play (with 2 matches in hand) to snatch the title from Liverpool (who had actually beaten City just before their title run). This burglary is perhaps best known for Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip against Chelsea, as the Reds also threw away a 3-goal lead against Crystal Palace to hand the title to Manuel Pellergini’s side.
1997-98: Arsenal overtakes Manchester United (gap overcome: 12 points)
The first major achievement of Arsenal under Arsene Wenger era was when they came back from 12 points down to beat United to the title. This achievement was especially special as it occurred during s time when the Red Devils dominated English football. This comeback occurred when Arsenal had 13 matches left, while United only had 10 matches left. The Gunner’s impressive run included 10 straight victories, as they remarkably clinched the title with two games to spare.
1995-96: Manchester United overtake Newcastle United (gap overcome: 12 points)
It seems that nothing could stop Manchester United during their Alex Ferguson-led heyday of the 1990s. But they were really up against it in the 1995/1996 season, as on 20 January 1996, Newcastle United held a 12-point lead over both Manchester United and Liverpool. With 15 matches still left to play, Keevan Keegan’s side had one hand on the trophy and were dreaming of their first league title since 1927 and their first major silverware since 1955. However, Newcastle’s form dropped off, as they experienced 5 defeats in 8 matches, while conversely, United went on a hot streak, winning 13 of their last 15 games and completing an amazing title comeback.
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