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How Shaun Wright-Phillips wanted both teams to win when Manchester City won the Premier League. These days the holy grail for Manchester City is arguably winning the Champions League for the first time in its history.
It’s a sign of the club’s remarkable development since the 2008 takeover by Emirati royal Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan’s investment company Abu Dhabi United Group that seven years ago City’s focus was very much on securing its first top-flight title in 44 years.
The 2011/2012 campaign was to deliver one of the most dramatic finishes to a Premier League season ever. For Shaun Wright-Phillips that day on May 13, 2012, remains etched in his memory.
You might think winning the Premier League title in 2006 with Chelsea would be at the top of Wright-Phillips’ moments as a professional football player. However, Queens Park Rangers’ defeat to City in 2012 might just surpass it.
Wright-Phillips was part of the QPR team that was dramatically defeated 3-2 by Man City on the final day of the season, handing them its first Premier League title and snatching it from its city rivals, Manchester United.
To be on the opposite team, trying to prevent the side he had come to love from making history, Wright-Phillips and Nedum Onuoha (also a former City player) experienced a “massive emotional rollercoaster.”
“We love Man City, and obviously we wanted Man City to win a title for the first time,” Wright-Phillips told CNN Sport’s Don Riddell.
“Actually being on the pitch to witness that was a bit strange because at the same time we were fighting for survival so we didn’t want to get relegated either.”