Gary Neville picks Sergio Aguero’s title-winning attack as his most iconic Premier League moment

‘I’ve never seen anything like it’: Gary Neville admits Sergio Aguero’s last gasp to make Man City champions in 2012 ‘must be’ his most iconic Premier League moment, as Jamie Carragher chooses to put an end to Liverpool their title drought

  • Ex-Man United star Gary Neville has picked his iconic Premier League moment
  • Neville selected Sergio Aguero’s title-winning attack for Manchester City in 2012
  • Fellow ex-defender Jamie Carragher was also asked to pick his top moment
  • Carragher chose Liverpool’s 2020 title win, where he spent his entire career

Sergio Aguero’s latest goal that gave Manchester City the Premier League title over their arch-rivals in 2012 is not a moment many Manchester United fans are rushing to remember.

However, United legend Gary Neville couldn’t help but look back on what may have been the most dramatic moment in the history of the modern top flight – despite the strike that brutally denied his former side glory a season after his career at the club ended. .

Neville, who won eight titles with the 20-time champion between 1996 and 2009, was asked to pick his most iconic Premier League moment to mark the league’s 30th anniversary this season.

Sergio Aguero's (right) strike to take title for Man City in 2012 stands out for Gary Neville

Sergio Aguero’s (right) strike to take title for Man City in 2012 stands out for Gary Neville

The ex-Man United defender admitted the goal was more iconic than a personal favourite

The ex-Man United defender admitted the goal was more iconic than a personal favourite

The win over Sunderland and QPR’s second-half lead at the Etihad Stadium had put United on track to finish on top that year, only for Edin Dzeko to reach City level in extra time and Aguero to take a second off adding the 94th minute with a goal immortalized by a statue outside Cityzens stadium.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Neville told Sky Sports of a day when United’s agonizing 6-1 defeat to City earlier this season continued to haunt them as they lost the title on goal difference.

‘I’d never seen anything like it – I know Martin [Tyler] says so in his commentary. I was obviously looking at it from the point of view of being in the best place in the world, to be a United fan in that stadium, and they had thrown it away.

“Some things just happen sometimes. It’s not my favorite moment, but in terms of the most iconic it has to be.”

United could only follow the tense action from afar as City took first place on the final day

United could only follow the tense action from afar as City took first place on the final day

While there may have been an admirable element of magnanimity in Neville’s choice, colleague Jamie Carragher’s beloved Liverpool provided the former centre-back’s most memorable moment.

Liverpool had their own 30th anniversary to attend as 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 17-year career at Anfield before retiring in 2013.

“When Liverpool finally win the Premier League, comment on it and be a part of it, it must be mine.”

Jamie Carragher was enthralled to broadcast when Liverpool lifted the league in 2020

Jamie Carragher was enthralled to broadcast when Liverpool lifted the league in 2020

The reliable defenders were also challenged to name their strongest opponents during the many seasons they spent keeping elite attackers at bay.

‘It should be’ [Marc] Overmars, just for those four or five year fights against Arsenal,” Neville said of the swift-footed Dutch winger.

“It was a huge problem, especially at Old Trafford, with a huge field. They would drop the ball over my head and it would shoot in.

“Actually I imagined myself against most of them, but the best: I remember playing against Luis Figo in the Champions League and you just thought ‘absolutely unbelievable’.

Carragher had a great career at Anfield but couldn't end the club's long wait for a league title

Carragher had a great career at Anfield but couldn’t end the club’s long wait for a league title

‘[David] Ginola away from home, at Newcastle or Tottenham, caused me big problems: he scored a great goal at Newcastle against me and got me sent off at White Hart Lane.’

Carragher used his “brain and experience,” he says, to outsmart and restrain all but one of the players who played alongside Overmars.

‘[Thierry] Henry, by a mile,’ said the former England player. “If someone has a blazing pace – we weren’t blessed with… [that]of course, so you should always be enabled.

“You just can’t control it. For me, Thierry Henry is the best player in the Premier League.”

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