Some 24 hours later and I'm still numb. This is the one that matters. I couldn't give the proverbial rodent's rump about the Champions League. Never have. But the league; this is something a little special.
I had, truth be told, started to write this column after QPR scored their second goal. I'd been convinced ever since Mark Hughes joined Rangers that not only was the Premier League title going to come down to this game, but that Hughes would exact his revenge by helping United to the title. I never had any confidence that Sunderland would do anything other than lose and it would have been so utterly typical of City to have done that hard bit by beating Newcastle only to lose or draw at home to QPR. Nice to be wrong!
Rangers of course were fighting tooth and nail to stay up and there seemed a certain symmetry that as City scored two goals in the closing seconds to win the title bringing back more than a little reminder of that crazy day against Gillingham, that it was Gillingham's manager on that day, Tony Pulis, whose Stoke City were drawing with Bolton to keep QPR up. It's a funny old game, as has been said more than once.
Of course the win brought out the bitters. Those like Sir Alex Ferguson who claimed that City don't have history; childish really as anyone with even a slight knowledge of English football is aware of the great City teams of the '50s and '60s. Certainly United have recent history on their side, but then they've been an exceptional team and squad. And of course there are also the mercenaries comment about City which shows at least that the fans of United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool have a sense of humour.
Every club buys success as United have shown effectively over the years. Their current side against Sunderland included David De Gea (Â£17m), Rio Ferdinand (Â£30m), Patrice Evra (Â£5m), Phil Jones (Â£18m), Michael Carrick (Â£18m), Ashley Young (Â£20m), Antonio Valencia (Â£16m) and Wayne Rooney (Â£25m) with Dimitar Berbatov (Â£30m), Nani (Â£17m) and Javier Hernandez (Â£7m) on the bench. United bought their recent history. I don't have a problem with that, it's the nature of football. So please, enough with the mercenaries comment from rival managers and the typical gutter press not least because as the "richest club in the world" City are continually held to ransom over higher fees that their competitors pay.
It was nice to see Mancini and Tevez share a hug on the field. Regardless of what occurred this season, winning the league does not happen if Tevez doesn't join the club. There had to be a player like Tevez to start the process. That being said, I don't see any way Tevez remains at the club. The past few games, where Tevez was an important part, was a marriage of convenience for both sides; Tevez to show he can still be the player of last season, Mancini knowing that he needed the fourth forward having unwisely not bought in the summer.
But still, all water under the bridge. Manchester City, Premier League Champions 2011-2012 and thoroughly deserving.