The 2011 / 12 EPL season was perhaps the most exciting since its inception 20 years ago, with 566 goals in 200 matches and fans celebrating on average every 2.83 times each game. Never before have league title challenges, European places and relegation spots been decided on the final match of the final weekend of the season. The Blue of City piped the Red of United in a finish which wouldn't seem out of place in a Hollywood Blockbuster to present Mancini and his men with the club's first Championship medal in 44 years built upon a solid home record of 55 from a possible 57 points.
For only the second time in Premier League history all three promoted sides survive in the top flight with Grant Holt (Norwich City) scoring 15 goals (the most for a newly-promoted side since Andy Johnson), Swansea recording the second-highest pass completion rate (85.7%) with QPR receiving nine red cards in the Premier League this season, the joint-most by a team in a single Premier League campaign (with Sunderland 2009/10).
Bolton Wanderers failed to win away at Stoke which meant they join Wolves and Blackburn in next season's Championship with Manager of the Year Alan Pardew guiding the Magpies to a Europa Cup spot.
Kieron Dyer - injured minutes into his debut for QPR and ruled out for the season.
The grand total spent on injured players.
Manchester United had the most days of injuries this season.
Hamstring injuries are still the most common muscular injury at 46.5%.
A little over 100 joint injuries were sustained this season!
Seven players took time out because of illness.
Manchester United had more average days of injury at 45 compared to their City rivals who had 24.
Around 19% of all muscular injuries invloved damage to the calf.
Interestingly, the season's winners Manchester City had the least days per injured club.
Average of 20.5 injuries per club, another decrease.
Manchester City won the league. They had a very low number of injuries throughout the season with 7. Their title challengers Manchester United conversely had the highest total with 39.
Again all three relegated clubs had a below average injury rate!
Manchester City was the only club in the Premier League not to have a single hamstring injury all season!
Bolton incurred just 5 muscular injuries all season, but on average lost more days per muscular injury than any other club!
In all, 18067 days were lost to injury this season.
Losing captain Vidic to an ACL injury back in December after only six EPL appearances (which included four clean sheets) may have been a key moment in the Reds' season as United uncharacteristically conceded three goals firstly at home to Blackburn Rovers and only days later away to Newcastle from direct passages of play in which the big Serbian centre half could always be relied to take charge.
An ever changing back four for Man United contributed to some very tight and often nervy affairs - Phil Jones suffered his fair share of knocks and minor injuries (facial, ankle, illness) while Chris Smalling endured a terrible 2012 (head, knock, tonsillitis) culminating in a groin injury which will rule him out of this year's Euro 2012 Championship. Factor in the losses of Lindegaard (ankle), Ferdinand (back, groin and ankle problems), Evans (ankle and calf) and second best defensive record looks somewhat amazing.
Statistically, City outshone their Manchester rivals in every single department. They were fortunate enough to have the support and expertise of some the best background staff available ensuring the club were by far the most healthy bunch on the block only losing a total of 186 days to injury compared to United who had almost 10 times that. The data we have indicates that over the course of the season City only lost 122 days to muscular injuries compared with 490 at United with the latter losing players for almost twice as long on average (45 days vs 24 days) - amazing when you consider the rigours of the EPL, Domestic and European Cup duty and international commitments, emphasising the strength and depth of their squad.
Hopes were high for Redknapp and his Tottenham side as a third place finish seemed assured in mid-February as they held a 10 point lead over their north London rivals Arsenal but a mounting injury list finally put pay to what would've been a fantastic season.
Spurs suffered 24 separate injuries from this point including the loss of Dawson (Achilles), Lennon (hamstring) and persistent problems with Adebayor (hamstring) and Saha (groin) coupled with the long term absence of Huddlestone (ankle).
Bolton were always going to find top flight survival difficult but an already mammoth task was made even more difficult as the Trotters lost key midfielder Chung-Yong Lee (broken leg) in August joining long term injury victim Stuart Holden (knee) on the sidelines. Add Tyrone Mears (broken leg and knee injury) who was only able to make one start, Riccardo Gardner (thigh) out since November, Marcus Alonso (foot and metatarsal fracture) four starts and you begin to see how and why the wheels came firmly off the Trotters bus.
Perhaps the most shocking and miraculous pitch injury (March 12) concerned Fabrice Muamba who after a cardiac arrest, where his heart stopped for 78 minutes, came back from the dead.