Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Meltdown: The teams that threw the league title away

Premier League 1997-98; Champions: Arsenal; Runners-up: Manchester United
Should United lose out on the title this season, it will not be the first time they've been knocked from their perch at the top of the table. On 1 March 1998, United sat 11 points clear and Alex Ferguson was piling the pressure on the shrewd shoulders of a relative unknown in his first full season of English management. That unknown was Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
While David Beckham was rescuing a point for United against Newcastle on the 18 April, Arsenal were tearing apart Wimbledon 5-0. And United's title hopes expired when against Everton Tony Adams (right) giraffe-stepped across two-thirds of the Highbury turf to collect Steve Bould's pinpoint pass on his chest and volley home the goal that clinched Wenger's first Premier League title. Bould to Adams, one touch, volley. If Chelsea are struggling to believe the position they find themselves in, there are few better examples that miracles can happen.

Victory for Manchester United against Chelsea seems to have settled to Championship race. But the there have been some massive surprises over the years

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If United were to lose the title now, it would mark an incredible meltdown.

Football league history isn't short of tales of teams throwing it away. With the 2010/2011 league title in the balance, we have cited evidence of collapses, meltdowns and title-surrendering chokes from domestic and European football.

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