City's famous five
Following Manchester City's dramatic Premier League title win, Sky Sports looks at five games crucial to their success.
Last Updated: 13/05/12 6:47pm
It's been a rollercoaster ride to the Premier League title for Manchester City fans.
Here Sky Sports looks back at the games which proved crucial to City's success.
MAN UTD (h), April 30 (won 1-0)
The night City seized back control of their own destiny as the title race headed into a thrilling run-in. Defeat would have effectively handed the crown to United but, in one of the most hyped derbies ever, City prevailed in a tense atmosphere at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a Vincent Kompany header. It put them back top on goal difference with two games remaining.
NEWCASTLE (a), May 6 (won 2-0)
After the emotion of the derby and the sheer magnitude of that victory, it was all too easy to think City were home. Yet their lead was still a slender one and the job was far from done. Roberto Mancini's men faced a stern test of character in their penultimate game at Newcastle, but came through thanks to an inspirational two-goal display from talisman Yaya Toure.
QPR (h), May 13 (won 3-2)
City just needed to hold their nerve against a QPR side fighting relegation, but few could have dreamt of such a dramatic finale. Pablo Zabaleta gave City the lead late in the first half, but second-half goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie, either side of a ridiculous Joey Barton red card, seemed to have gifted United - who were leading 1-0 at Sunderland - the title. However, in barely believable scenes, Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored in stoppage-time to seal the title.
CHELSEA (h), March 21 (won 2-1)
After a damaging loss at Swansea that cost them top spot, City were in danger of losing more ground to United as they fell behind to Chelsea at an anxious Etihad Stadium and it took a late fightback to win with goals from Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri. It was not a turning point as vital points were squandered in the next three games, but the win showed character and facilitated the critical reintegration of a rejuvenated Carlos Tevez.
MAN UTD (a), Oct 23 (won 6-1)
Much water flowed under the bridge after this game but, in terms of the message it sent out, this was resounding. City went to Old Trafford and battered their rivals into submission to record their biggest derby win for 57 years. Three of their goals may have come in the last two minutes as United, who had 10 men for most of the second half, chased the game, but it was an emphatic drubbing. Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko scored two apiece with David Silva and Aguero also on the scoresheet.