Deflated Alex Ferguson says Man City can't match Manchester United history, despite title triumph
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson took a dig at Manchester City last night, congratulating them on their first title win in 44 years before adding that it will take them 'a century' to match the Red Devils' history of winning trophies
City snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Sunday with their two injury time goals over QPR enough to seal their title triumph ahead of United, whose victory at Sunderland was not enough because of their inferior goal difference.
But Fergie barked: "We congratulate Manchester City. Anyone who wins the league deserves to win it because it's a very, very difficult league to win. We know that because, as we've experienced today, we've lost on goal difference." he said.
Before adding: "They [City] can go on as much as they like. That's what you would expect, but the history of our club stands us aside.
"We don't need to worry about that. I think we have a rich history, better than anyone, and it will take them a century to get to our level of history. "But for us it's still a challenge and we're good at challenges. We'll kick on from here."
In dramatic scenes, for 15 seconds after United's win at Sunderland, the manager and his players thought that they had in fact bagged their 20th league title, only to receive the heart-breaking news that City had scored a late, late winner over in their match at the Etihad.
Ferguson admitted: “We’re all disappointed, obviously. We should be disappointed, as we did our best today.
“But for their goalkeeper, we could have scored seven goals. We hit the post, the bar and the keeper made some fantastic saves throughout the match.
“It was a good level of performance and I have absolutely no recriminations about our season at all.
“Yes, there will be times when we can sit back and say we did this wrong, we did that wrong. But 89 points would have won the league most seasons.
“They’re a good bunch of lads. The younger players will remember today, because sometimes a bad experience is even better for you.
“When you’ve a certain character and a good purpose about you, then you shouldn’t fear the future — and I don’t think these lads will." he concluded.