Football, incredible. Anyone who hadn't chewed off their nails can't have been watching.
"You want to say it's the best moment of your life," said Kompany. "But if I'm honest, please, never again this way."
The sting for United will be made worse by the fact that it threw away the title with losses to Wigan and City and a draw with Everton in April.
Not only was that late stumble uncharacteristic of United under Ferguson, it could cause lasting damage. Because now the City juggernaut is rolling, it may be ever harder to stop next season.
As one fan's banner read: "Oi! Fergie, we're 'avin a party!"
Not only does City have seemingly endless funds — expect Mancini to strengthen his squad even further this summer — but his players' confidence and self-belief should only grow with this title and the way it was won.
"It was really important to start winning this championship," Mancini said. "Manchester City can have a big future now."
John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)ap.org or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
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