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Champions Ceremony Was Being Prepared for Man United Before City Match Ended [PHOTO]

After the final whistle blew at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Sunday, preparations were being made behind-the-scenes to announce Manchester United as Premier League champions for the 2011-12 season.

As this above photo above shows, a sign was being prepared with Manchester United’s name on it as Premier League champions. Unfortunately for United, as the City match went into added time, Manchester City scored a goal to level the game 2-2, and then scored the winner with just 40 seconds to go in added time.

It was a cruel blow to Manchester United’s season, and an unfortunate way to end the season losing on goal difference when they thought they had done everything they needed to win it.

H/T The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Tommy

    May 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    This is nothing new and United are not the only team to do this. Had United won the title then everyone would have been talking about City’s premature victory preparations. This has to be one of the most pointless articles ever written on this site and is based on ignorance.

    The city of Manchester requires you get a permit one week ahead of time so that’s why City booked their parade for Monday and United for Wednesday.

  2. Ryan

    May 14, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Both sides have to prepare for a ceremony. Common practice in every sport.

    • Tony Butterworth

      May 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      Yep, no idea what the point of this post was. MUFC also booked police, busses etc. for their victory parade, it has to be done.

  3. gwgw

    May 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Manchester United 19-18 LFC. Next year it’ll be Utd 20-18 LFC hahahahahhaha

    • Paul

      May 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Instead of bringing Liverpool into it, I’d be more bothered about the blue moon rising if I was you!

  4. Taylor

    May 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    This wasn’t the work of United. This is in fact a common practice by the Premier League if they are not sure who is the Champions. IIRC, similar situations have occured before (2 years ago when Chelsea won the title, 1999 when United wrapped up the title by beating Spurs on the last day,etc).

    • Paul

      May 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Yeah they always have both scenarios covered. They had 2 trophies as well – one in Manchester and one in Sunderland… just in case.

      • Dennis Murray

        May 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

        I was wondering about the trophies…and I wonder what happens to the “extra” trophy afterwards? Does it become the 2012-2013 trophy?

        • Paul

          May 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm

          There are apparently 3 Premier League trophies. Can you imagine if they only had one trophy and it travelled to Sunderland yesterday? What an anti-climax that would have been afterwards for City! I suppose with the exception of the one the winners have for the year, the other 2 just go back into the cupboard until next year! Apart from on the final day when they’re needed, most of the time one will be in the BBC’s MOTD studio and sometimes Sky have one in their studio too.

      • MNUfan1991

        May 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm

        I read somewhere that one is a real trophy, whereas the other one is a replica. The real one goes to the stadium where the team more likely to clinch it. If the other team wins it and gets the replica, it will be replaced by the real McCoy subsequently.
        Perhaps a Google search will clarify things up.

        All I can say is, there will be plenty of folks in Africa wearing Man Utd #20 shirts.

      • Brn442

        May 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

        Hmm, I’m not too sure about the two trophy thing but I gues it is the most practical. I the old days aka the 90’s the tropy was usually on standby via helicopter, that’s what happened in 94 when Blackburn and Manchester Utd took it to the last day.

  5. dust

    May 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    LOL! OMG!

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