After Manchester City’s defeat at Southampton, manager Roberto Mancini predicted his side had 10% chance of winning the Premier League.
Following some lacklustre recent displays from City, Manchester United can go 12 points clear should they beat Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Whilst you can never rule out a late comeback from Manchester City, today felt like the day when the game was up and it could spell the end of Roberto Mancini at the Etihad come the culmination of the campaign.
It was the manner of the defeat with two incidents summing up just how sloppy Manchester City were at St Mary’s.
Joe Hart’s howler for Steven Davis’ goal was awful and celebrated by Manchester United fans that feel David De Gea gets a raw deal from the press compared to England’s number one.
But at half-time, Edin Dzeko’s goal had given City plenty of hope,which was duly snuffed three minutes into the second period thanks to an epic own goal.
Barry calmly slotted past his own keeper with a finish most strikers would have been proud of and the subsequent reaction both on the pitch and online was pretty hilarious.
To celebrate one of the all-time great own goals, or as we like to put it an “Own GLOLazo” – here is video, GIFs and the best Tweets on Gareth Barry scoring for Southampton.
#ThatAwkwardMoment When Gareth Barry becomes a better finisher than Fernando Torres.
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) February 9, 2013
Man of the match: Gareth Barry (Southampton).
— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) February 9, 2013
Taken me a long time to tweet about the Gareth Barry own goal. I put this down to not being able to see through the tears of laughter.
— Gareth Parker (@GarethDParker) February 9, 2013
I’m hoping Gareth Barry doesn’t have a Twitter account. I’m hoping he doesn’t have an online betting account either after that.
— Des Kelly (@DesKellyDM) February 9, 2013
If you didn’t know Gareth Barry better, you’d suspect match fixing with that finish.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 9, 2013
Unbelievable finish. Gareth Barry slots it into the bottom corner… for Southampton…. 3-1!
— Think Football (@Think_Football) February 9, 2013