When the form book went out of the window - and the big clubs didn't get their way

You can't take anything for granted when you're chasing glory. As title-chasers face drop-dodgers and mid-tablers, Gary Parkinson looks at past "shock" results that have ended the big boys' dreams...

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Steven Gerrard might have been a bit over the top when demanding Liverpool treat Norwich as the best team in the world, but those up the glamorous end of the table can't take wins for granted against the smaller fry – as Everton and Man City found out in midweek. That got us thinking about other times the minnows had bitten the sharks...

Wigan 1-0 Man United (11/04/12)

With six games to go, Wigan were second-bottom while United were eight points clear. Moreover, in seven top-flight seasons Latics had faced United 14 times, including the 2006 League Cup final, and lost them all, shipping 46 goals ands scoring four (only one in the last nine attempts). 
So obviously Roberto Martinez's team triumphed, Shaun Maloney's 50th-minute winner vaulting Athletic out of the drop zone, whence they would not return: United lost the title on goal difference. The following season the enraged Red Devils beat Wigan 4-0 home and away, but they wouldn't have been facing Latics had Maloney not made history.