‘I’d never seen anything like it’: Gary Neville admits Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp strike to make Man City champions in 2012 ‘has to be’ his most iconic Premier League moment, as Jamie Carragher picks Liverpool to end the title drought.
- Ex-Man United star Gary Neville has chosen his iconic Premier League moment
- Neville picked Sergio Aguero’s title-winning strike for Manchester City in 2012
- Former defender Jamie Carragher was also asked to pick his best moment
- Carragher picked the 2020 title win for Liverpool, where he spent his entire career
Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp goal that gave Manchester City the Premier League title over their arch-rivals in 2012 is not a moment many Manchester United fans are in a hurry to remember.
However, United legend Gary Neville could not help but look back at arguably the most dramatic moment in the history of the modern top flight – despite the strike denying his former side luster in the cruellest fashion a season after his career at the club came to an end .
Neville, who won eight titles with the 20-time champions between 1996 and 2009, was asked to pick his most iconic Premier League moment to mark the competition’s 30th anniversary this season.
Sergio Aguero’s (right) strike to win the title for Man City in 2012 stands out for Gary Neville
The ex-Man United defender admitted the goal was iconic rather than a personal favourite
Victory at Sunderland and the second-half lead QPR established at the Etihad Stadium had set United on course to finish top that year, only for Edin Dzeko to draw City level in added time and Aguero to add a second in the 94th minute with a goal now immortalized by a statue outside Cityzen’s stadium.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Neville told Sky Sports of a day when United’s painful 6-1 defeat to City earlier this season came back to haunt them as they lost the title on goal difference.
“I had never seen anything like it – I know Martin [Tyler] says so in his comment. I obviously looked at it from the point of view of being in the best place in the world, being a United fan in that stadium and they had thrown it away.
“Some things only happen sometimes. It’s not my favorite moment by any means – but in terms of the most iconic, it has to be.’
United could only follow the tense action from afar as City seized top spot on the final day
While there may have been an admirable element of magnanimity in Neville’s selection, teammate Jamie Carragher’s beloved Liverpool provided the former centre-back’s most memorable moment.
Liverpool had their own 30th anniversary when they stormed to their first title since 1990 two years ago, finishing 18 points ahead of City.
“I had been there as a player,” said the man who spent his entire 17-year career at Anfield before retiring in 2013.
“For Liverpool to finally win the Premier League, comment on it and be part of it – it has to be mine.”
Jamie Carragher was thrilled to deliver as Liverpool lifted the league in 2020
The reliable defenders were also challenged to name their toughest opponents over the many seasons they spent keeping elite attackers at bay.
“It had to be [Marc] Over March, just for those games for four or five years against Arsenal, Neville said of the fleet-footed Dutch winger.
“It was a huge problem – especially at Old Trafford, with a massive pitch. They would drop the ball over my head and he would dart in.
“I saw myself against most people, really, but the best: I remember playing against Luis Figo in the Champions League and you just thought ‘absolutely incredible’.
Carragher had a fine career at Anfield but could not end the club’s long wait for a league title
‘[David] Ginola away, at Newcastle or Tottenham, gave me big problems: he scored a great goal at Newcastle against me and got me sent off at White Hart Lane.
Carragher used his “brains and experience”, he says, to outwit and contain all but one player who starred alongside Overmars.
‘[Thierry] Henry, a mile away, said the former England player. “When someone has a tremendous pace – we were not blessed with it [that]of course, so you must always be switched on.
“It’s just out of your control. For me, Thierry Henry is the best player in the Premier League.