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It’s been 11 years and Wayne Rooney still can't believe Man City’s 2012 title hasn’t been questioned

Jack Kenmare

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It’s been 11 years and Wayne Rooney still can't believe Man City’s 2012 title hasn’t been questioned

Wayne Rooney still finds it "strange" that Manchester City's dramatic final day win over Queens Park Rangers has never been questioned.

It's been 11 years since City pipped local rivals United to their first league title in 44 years after Sergio Aguero scored a 93rd minute winner – a moment that left Martin Tyler screaming the now-iconic line "AGUERROOOO".

QPR, who were down to ten men after former City midfielder Joey Barton was sent off, stayed up despite the 3-2 defeat as Bolton could only manage a 2-2 draw.

But over a decade later, Rooney still takes issue with the London-based side kicking the ball back straight back to their opponents after Edin Dzeko's equaliser.

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In fact, Rooney is also critical of goalkeeper Paddy Kenny's display at the Etihad that day; not to mention Djibril Cisse's reaction at full-time.

"Paddy Kenny should have done better for a couple of the goals," Rooney told The Sun. "City get the second goal and QPR kick it straight back to them and that's never been questioned - I find that strange.

"Djibril Cisse celebrating after the game with the City players, but yes, listen, it's a historic moment in the Premier League so I'm sure that, if you are not involved as a Manchester United player, that's probably one of the greatest moments in the league."

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Kenny, who featured in between the sticks on that famous day at the Etihad, responded to Rooney's comments in May last year with a picture of Aguero scoring the winner.

He captioned the post: "Wasn’t even bothered about diving to be fair," alongside a laughing face and two fishing rod emojis.


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At the Stadium of Light that day, a Rooney goal helped United beat Sunderland 1-0 but news soon filtered through that City had scored a stoppage-time winner to win the title on goal difference.

With virtually the final kick of the season, Aguero's last-gasp winner ruined United's chances in the most dramatic of circumstances, and it was written all over their faces.

A stunned Phil Jones was left open-mouthed by the news as an emotional Sir Alex Ferguson herded his team towards the dressing room, while Ji Sung-Park could only laugh at his teammates as Michael Owen looked on in shock.

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In fact, a number of Sunderland supporters celebrated United's agony by doing the Poznan; a celebration performed by City's fan base.

It was a moment that Sir Alex Ferguson would never forget.

Just a day after losing the Premier League title to their local rivals, United's greatest ever manager gave this speech at the club's end of season awards dinner.

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In the speech, he says: "I'm a dinosaur. I'm an absolute dinosaur. But what I am, I'm a winner.

"I said to all these players yesterday when we lost the league to Leeds United in 1992 the young players came out and all the Liverpool fans were asking the players for their autographs. And they were tearing them up.

"I says to Giggs 'remember this day' and I said exactly to them yesterday: 'Those Sunderland fans that cheered for City, remember the day'. We won't forget that I'm telling you."

Rio Ferdinand would later reveal that the full-time team talk after United lost the title at the Stadium of Light remains his greatest memory of Ferguson.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy/Sky Sports Premier League

Topics: Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, Manchester City, Premier League, QPR, Roberto Mancini

Jack Kenmare
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