Martin Tyler is regarded as one of the best to ever do it – but one ex-Man Utd star has muted the football commentator since his commentary for Sergio Aguero’s famous title-clinching goal
Former Manchester United star Tom Cleverley can no longer bear to listen to Martin Tyler’s commentary.
Cleverley, 34, got off to a stellar start to life at Old Trafford after breaking onto the scene during the 2011/12 season. The Red Devils academy graduate made 10 Premier League appearances as the title race against rivals Manchester City went right down to the final day.
The midfielder did not earn a place on the bench that fateful day as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had to beat Sunderland and hope for City to lose to Queens Park Rangers. The unthinkable almost occurred, with QPR on the cusp of a victory at the the Etihad, before Edin Dzeko levelled the score in stoppage time.
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Two minutes later, Sergio Aguero fired City into the lead in one of the most iconic moments in Premier League history to clinch the club’s first title in 44 years. And while many associate the moment with Martin Tyler’s spine-chilling commentary, Cleverley’s heartbreak no longer allows him to appreciate the legendary commentator.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes Fanzone, Cleverley recalled: “The week after, for that game away at Sunderland, I was the 18th man, or whatever it was at the time, so I was in the stands. We travelled with no expectation whatsoever of QPR getting a result at Man City. I just remember being in the Directors Box at the Stadium of Light, thinking ‘surely it’s not going to happen’, and then just starting to believe that it was happening…
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“Then I was getting in the lift to go down to pitch side and I caught a TV screen where it showed [Edin] Dzeko had equalised, and I just knew. I knew. I knew what was about to unfold. I knew QPR would fold and I knew Man City would do it. Unfortunately that’s exactly what happened, and I have to put the TV on mute every time I hear Martin Tyler’s voice.
“It’s the one iconic moment in football that really does hurt me. You know, I only played 10 games in that season, but the fact that it was Man City’s first title, and the fact it was the catalyst, and all of the significance that came with that moment… it’s a hard one to take, yeah.”
It sparked an era of dominance for the club formerly dubbed United’s ‘noisy neighbours’, with City going on to win six more titles. But Cleverley and United did manage to bounce back and win the league convincingly the following season, which would prove to be Sir Alex’s last.
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Cleverley added: “Listen, we might not have come out and won the league as convincingly the following season, had it not happened to us, but we had the title sewn up around March time that year, and we really let it slip. To lose it to your local rivals just made it even worse, of course.
“We had a run of poor results. I think we were 4-2 up against Everton and we drew 4-4, we lost away at Wigan and then we lost at the Etihad. Those three results completely shifted the momentum. It never seemed possible that we were back in the title race until the second-half on the final day, and that ended up being the cruellest thing about it all.”
Tyler continued to commentate on the Premier League’s biggest matches until he was replaced by Peter Drury at the start of the current 2023/24 season. It marked the end of a 33-year career with the broadcaster.
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