1) Manchester United, 1971/72
Ah, Brian Clough, destroyer of big clubs’ dreams. Ol’ Big ‘Ead’s Derby County side had been inconsistent in the first half of the season, finding themselves five points behind Frank O’Farrell’s star-studded Manchester United on Christmas Day. O’Farrell had taken over from the great Matt Busby in June 1971, with the transition initially appearing to be a smooth one as Best, Charlton & Co. sought a first league title since 1967.
However, a disastrous spell in the new year – which included a run of seven consecutive defeats – meant United ended the campaign down in eighth place, with Derby winning the title from under the nose of Don Revie and Leeds United on the final day of the season. Not that Clough ever went on about it or anything.