Manchester United (1995/96)


“I would love it if we beat them.”

Irate words from then-Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan during a now-iconic post-match interview on Sky Sports after his side had beaten Leeds to go within three points of league leaders Manchester United with a game extra to play.

Keegan had taken exception to Alex Ferguson’s suggestion that Nottingham Forest, who Newcastle faced in their game in hand, would give them an easier game than they had against United.

The frustration of the Magpies manager was understandable, though, given that he had seen his side’s 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League evaporate in just 13 games.

And Ferguson’s mind games were rewarded, with Newcastle labouring to two 1-1 draws in their final two games of the season.

Manchester United, meanwhile, beat Middlesbrough 3-0 on the final day and won the league by four points.

Arsenal (1997/98)


Funnily enough, Spurs’ bitter rivals Arsenal can offer Mauricio Pochettino’s side some hope for this season.

In Arsene Wenger’s first full season in charge, Arsenal trailed league leaders Manchester United by 11 points on 8 March.

While the Gunners had three games in hand on the Red Devils, their title hopes still looked slim.

Ten consecutive wins later, though, they had overhauled United and won the title with two games to spare.

And it was to get even better for Arsenal, who sealed the double by beating Newcastle in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Manchester United (2002/03)


Five years later, Arsenal repaid the favour to United.

The Gunners were eight points clear of second with nine games remaining, but collapsed spectacularly

They managed just two wins from their following seven league games, allowing a Ruud van Nistelrooy-inspired Manchester United to pounce.

The Dutchman, who won the 2002/03 Golden Boot, rattled off 13 goals in the Red Devils’ last eight games, with United dropping just two points in that period.

Arsenal’s 3-2 loss at home to Leeds then confirmed the title for Ferguson’s side with a game to spare.

Manchester City (2011/12)


Take note, Tottenham – a four point deficit is doable with six games left.

At this stage in 2011/12, Manchester United were eight points clear of their city rivals and cruising to what would have been their 20th Premier League title.

But their noisy neighbours had other ideas.

A defeat at struggling Wigan and a home draw with Everton saw the gap narrowed to just three points ahead of one of the most important Manchester derbies of all time.

Vincent Kompany scored the only goal of the game as City leapfrogged United on goal difference with two to go.

That wasn’t it, though.

Alex Ferguson’s side won both their remaining games and, with City floundering at home to QPR, looked to have snatched the title back.

Step forward Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero to cause bedlam in the blue half of Manchester.

Your move, Spurs.

Manchester City (2013/14)


Three games to go and five points clear, what could go wrong?

A lot, as it turns out.

Having won 11 on the spin and boasting both Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in attack – scorers of 52 goals between them that season – Liverpool were on the way to finally securing their first ever Premier League title.

But a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield, aided by an unfortunate Steven Gerrard slip, opened the door for their challengers.

And Manchester City, who had played a game fewer and had superior goal difference, took their opportunity.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side beat Aston Villa in their penultimate match, recording their fourth straight win, and leapfrogged the Reds.

Liverpool, meanwhile, could only draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace and, despite winning on the final day, had thrown it away.