went wild during Manchester City's improbable come-from-behind, injury time victory over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday that clinched the Premier League title.
In the final stages of Sunday's action bookies were still offering odds of 1-33 on United to win the title, and several firms reported hundreds of punters putting vast amounts on the Red Devils to win the title in order to make a quick and seemingly risk-free 3 per cent profit.
Needing to beat QPR to match Manchester United's 1-0 win at Sunderland, City were as big as 33-1 with Boylesports – and trading at 40 on Betfair – as they trailed 2-1 with five minutes of added time
due to be played.
"We've never known five minutes like it," said Ladbrokes spokesman David Williams. "United fans got greedy. The smell of burnt fingers around Old Trafford is overwhelming."
As Alex Ferguson would say, "Football, eh?... Bloody hell."