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City '100 years' behind us

2012-05-14 09:53

Sunderland - In congratulating new Premier League champions Manchester City, Sir Alex Ferguson reminded them that they have a long way to go before they can be considered Manchester United's equals.

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The United manager could not resist comparing his club's reputation as serial winners with City, who have lifted the title for the first time in 44 years.

While Ferguson grudgingly acknowledged City had legitimate cause for celebration, he insisted the blue half of Manchester still had plenty to do before they could rival United's history.

"They can go on as much as they like - that's what you would expect - but the history of our club stands us aside," Ferguson said.

"We don't need to worry about that. I think we have a rich history, better than anyone and it'll take them a century to get to our level of history."

Even at 70, Ferguson is determined to be the man who tries to halt City's attempt to repeat their success next season.

"We accept challenges. We are good at that," said Ferguson, after a 1-0 win at Sunderland on Sunday did not prove enough to claim top spot.

But he was gracious in his praise of City's achievement, saying: "On behalf of Manchester United, I would like to say congratulations to our neighbours.

"It's a fantastic achievement. This is not an easy league. It's the hardest league in the world, and anybody that wins it deserves it.

"At the start of the season, if I remember correctly, I said 82 points would probably win the league this season and we are seven points ahead of that. But look, it doesn't matter, we've lost the league.

"It is a cruel way to have the title ripped away, but I've had a lot of ups and downs in my 25 years here.

"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."

Wayne Rooney scored United's goal at Sunderland and, with City trailing to Queens Park Rangers, they believed they had won at the final whistle.

Thirteen seconds later, City scored their winner and the championship had crossed the city.

Ferguson said: "All we had to do was concentrate on our job and that's what we did, but you are going to get certain types of reaction from the crowd.

"We knew five minutes' extra time was being played at City. Our game had three minutes' stoppage time and you don't know what can happen in the extra two minutes, but they got that break and won the game.

"We should take credit because of the fact we had so many injuries and coped with them very well. We have some young players and they have now experienced what happened here today.

"Hopefully in seven or eight years they will be at Manchester United and the experience is good for them -- even if it's a bad one.

"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 got a certain character and a good purpose about you, then you shouldn't fear the future and I don't think these lads will."

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said: "The last couple of minutes of the game have taken me back a few years to the season at Celtic when we lost out on goal difference. It's the most harrowing thought you can have.

"Wayne Rooney was playing the ball in the corner near the end and thinking they had won the game, so to hear the news coming through was unbelievable.

"Sir Alex might be coming into my room for a moment and I've got to say I'm dreading going in. He will be bitterly disappointed because this would have been a sensational year for him to win the championship.

"He's got so many titles that he's lost count, but he will be so disappointed about this one."

Sunderland's Irish international defender John O'Shea is in danger of missing the European Championship after suffering a recurrence of a calf injury before half-time against United.

O'Neill admitted he feared O'Shea could lose his place in Giovanni Trapattoni's squad, which meets next Sunday.

O'Neill said: "As he came off, that was my thought. I thought it might be a concern. He didn't feel comfortable. He started to feel his injury and didn't feel confident about moving on it.

"I haven't checked with the physio, though, and may be jumping the gun."


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Comments
  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-14 10:22

    Ferguson is a jealous and sore loser. Nobody asked about their history. We all know about United history, why bring it up now. Nobody said that City is their equal or will win 19 EPL's.

      roberta.keeling - 2012-05-14 13:13

      Agree 100%. What happened in the past is water under the bridge. This year belongs to City - next year is a new story. (And I'm not a City or United supporter.)

      roberta.keeling - 2012-05-14 13:13

      Agree 100%. What happened in the past is water under the bridge. This year belongs to City - next year is a new story. (And I'm not a City or United supporter.)

      Hallo - 2012-05-14 15:21

      Blue moon You saw me standing alone Without a dream in my heart Without a love of my own

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-14 16:24

      So you think this is all that was said at the news conference Jealous...I dont think so Maybe of the transfer kitty and wage bill

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-14 10:31

    United history is irrelevant at the moment. The present is that City are the Champions, dethroning United. You can't brag about the past after losing the title. You are as good as your last game. It wouldn't make sense for Liverpool to brag about their rich history @ the moment after taking 8th place on the league table

  • Acta - 2012-05-14 10:37

    Forged by Industry, Striving for Glory. This will always be Fergie's prerogative. Probably the best, most intense and exciting title race EVER!!! Unfortunately I was not celebrating last night. Congrats to City. We will be back next season with all guns blazing. I am forever United!

  • Lucky Prince Masoeu - 2012-05-14 10:47

    City made history by being the first team in the EPL to ever win the title on goal difference. City won the home encounter 1-0 and away 6-1. Those 7 goals City scored against United have proved to title a title decider. City are truly worthy Champions, finally.

      Acta - 2012-05-14 11:21

      @Lucky, I have to concur.

      Acta - 2012-05-14 11:21

      @Lucky, I have to concur.

  • Itumeleng - 2012-05-14 10:52

    Shut Up Ferguson, Well Done City, do it again next year.

  • Dieter - 2012-05-14 10:56

    Ferguson is about 100 years older than City

  • Ashley - 2012-05-14 11:12

    old red nose , it took you almost 30 years to be on par with Liverpool . accept your time's up (just like LFC accepted it some time ago ) . you should rename your club name to MANURE UNITED

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:50

      Absolutely!

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:50

      Absolutely!

      Bob - 2012-05-14 12:44

      Ashley, I have always known them as Manure Utd, hopefully fergie remains as coach for many years to come as he has definitley lost the plot, expects to win the league with 2 midfielders nearing forty years old and Carrick who would be lucky to get into any premier league side, I am truly stunned they finished second, I would say half the teams that were relegated had a stronger midfield than Utd, their defence is not exactly stunning either.

      Bob - 2012-05-14 12:44

      Ashley, I have always known them as Manure Utd, hopefully fergie remains as coach for many years to come as he has definitley lost the plot, expects to win the league with 2 midfielders nearing forty years old and Carrick who would be lucky to get into any premier league side, I am truly stunned they finished second, I would say half the teams that were relegated had a stronger midfield than Utd, their defence is not exactly stunning either.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-14 15:38

      LOST THE PLOT...WINNING THE LEAGUE 4 OUT OF THE LAST 6 YEARS THAT DEFF SOUNDS LIKE LOSING THE PLOT....

      ckrohne1 - 2012-05-15 00:56

      Bob as a United supporter I have to agree with you. Our midfield is a disgrace with Carrick in there. Scholes is a whole different story though. I don’t think we lost the league at OT. We lost two games one of which we were beaten convincingly by a goal orientated City team. The game last week was a Fergie blunder at best. He should have gone with Wellbeck and Rooney as striking partners because they showed what a handful they for any defense. Fergie went for a draw, instead of going all out at City. City on the other hand considering the money and players they have were pretty average in my opinion. United to is fare only having Rooney as a big name. The rest of the squad is either inexperience kids or golden oldies. City United will be back next season. For now sort out the douche bags in your team which is Tevez and Ballotelli.....

  • Grap - 2012-05-14 11:14

    I would say United is one year behind City :)

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:46

      He he to that. So Alex accept that Man City will dominate for next 100 yrs.

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:46

      He he to that. So Alex accept that Man City will dominate for next 100 yrs.

  • Sello Mashile - 2012-05-14 11:14

    Hail the new Champions sir Alex by the way who asked you to remind us

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:42

      Hail the Citizens winning in STYLE!

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:42

      Hail the Citizens winning in STYLE!

  • Byron - 2012-05-14 11:17

    Well done Sheikh Mansour, without you, who is Manchester City? It could have been any other team that could have been bought. That is the difference between United and City?

      Acta - 2012-05-14 11:24

      @Byron, Well said amigo, hehe

      Acta - 2012-05-14 11:24

      @Byron, Well said amigo, hehe

      Gerald - 2012-05-14 11:54

      Very expensive Championship title. cost City 300,000,000 Pounds or R3,945,000,000.00. Chelsea also bought players to win the Championship.Any club can do the same all that they need is somebody with enough money to just buy players not breed players. Look what has happened to La Liga only two teams in that league all the others very far behind

      Gerald - 2012-05-14 11:54

      Very expensive Championship title. cost City 300,000,000 Pounds or R3,945,000,000.00. Chelsea also bought players to win the Championship.Any club can do the same all that they need is somebody with enough money to just buy players not breed players. Look what has happened to La Liga only two teams in that league all the others very far behind

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 12:04

      Hello actually we did not bought it we won it and the 7 goals we got frm Man United this season are the 7 of the 8 goal difference that made us win the league.

      Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 12:04

      Hello actually we did not bought it we won it and the 7 goals we got frm Man United this season are the 7 of the 8 goal difference that made us win the league.

      Jared - 2012-05-14 17:29

      Well done @Malavi. You are now a true City supporter after yesterdays result. Don't be surprised to see even more "incognito" City supporters now that they won! Anyway, that being said, City well deserved and I think it's more the Mancini influence and dictation rather than the $$$ that spoke volumes. Regards, #united guy

      ckrohne1 - 2012-05-15 01:02

      City bought a team and call it success. United buy one or two players and mix it with youth and experience- This I call Legendary Team. It might be sour grapes, but Fergie has a point. City is years behind United. They only managed to win the league by goal difference. Imagine the havoc United would have caused in Europe with that money and players....

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 11:48

    So Alex accept CITY will Dominate for the next 100 yrs! :)

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-05-14 11:58

    Shapaaa City shapaaa, City is the best team now, no doubt about that, As fo man united, just accept it u cant win all the tym, Go city Go we r the champions

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-14 12:25

    Fergie is such a sore loser. Lets not forget it took Fergie more than 20 years at the helm to take Liverpools records. City has only recently started their dynasty. Fergie took 6 years before his first PL title. Give City some time and we may have a new dynasty in the EPL

  • diran.pillay - 2012-05-14 12:40

    We didn't win the league but we gave City a go for their money,we have no superstars United players are average, but as a team we are great.

  • Byron - 2012-05-14 12:47

    Wow! Ghee whizz! where did all these Man City supporters come from? Glory hunters at their best. I thought Chelsea was bad, but this is ridiculous. now you will see Man City all over the place.

      Acta - 2012-05-14 13:59

      True dat. I disagree with fakeness.

      Acta - 2012-05-14 13:59

      True dat. I disagree with fakeness.

      Tyrone - 2012-05-14 14:08

      @byron. Where do u think all the united supporters come from??? All glory hunters!!! City are winners and people support them!!! When united won the trophy, i saw many people with united shirts on and united on their facebook page etc. The fact is that just as many people jump on the united bandwagon as city right now!! And all the united fans claim to be have been fans since the begining!! Seriously, i dnt think so!!

      Tyrone - 2012-05-14 14:08

      @byron. Where do u think all the united supporters come from??? All glory hunters!!! City are winners and people support them!!! When united won the trophy, i saw many people with united shirts on and united on their facebook page etc. The fact is that just as many people jump on the united bandwagon as city right now!! And all the united fans claim to be have been fans since the begining!! Seriously, i dnt think so!!

      Byron - 2012-05-14 18:08

      Tyrone, there were always drones of Man Utd supporters even when Liverpool ruled the roost in the 70s and 80s, stemming from the Busby Babes days, thereafter George Best, Dennis Law, etc era! they didn't need an Abramovich or a Sheikh to do it for them, they created their own success.

      Byron - 2012-05-14 18:25

      BTW: Busby Babes were notable not only for being young and gifted, but for being developed by the Man Utd itself, rather than bought from other clubs, which was customary then, as now. The term, coined by Manchester Evening News journalist Frank Nicklin in 1951, usually refers to the players who won the league championship in seasons 1955–56 and 1956–57 with an average age of 21 and 22 respectively

  • Cammybuu - 2012-05-14 15:03

    For all Manchester United haters!!!!!

  • Cammybuu - 2012-05-14 15:03

    For all Manchester United haters!!!!!

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-14 15:36

    GLORY GLORY MAN UTD

      Ashley - 2012-05-15 15:25

      LOST THE PLOT...WINNING THE LEAGUE 4 OUT OF THE LAST 6 YEARS THAT DEFF SOUNDS LIKE LOSING THE PLOT.... Please remind us all how long LFC took to achieve their status of dominance ??????????

  • Ryan - 2012-05-14 15:37

    Better United teams than this one have lost the league title in the past . The fact that the current team came this far is a testament to the winning mentality at United regardless of the opposition or the team fielded by SAF . This is by far the least impressive team that United have had for many many years and at times they looked very ordinary and lacking in style or craft yet they prevailed until the title was theirs to lose and they did . United definitely need to refresh and strengthen the squad in the close season or else we are go another season without silverware .

  • Malavi10 - 2012-05-14 16:07

    Dear Man United Fans\r\n\r\nWe appreciate the 7 goals(the 1-6 and 1-0) u donated to us this season. We realised that the 7 of the 8 goals difference comes from you and it truly made the difference of the CHAMPIONSHIP! Once again thank you very much for being a stepping stone to Our SUCCESS!\r\n\r\nYours truly \r\nThe Noisy Neighbours!

  • Carol - 2012-05-14 19:42

    Get a life Ferguson, talk about sour grapes. Man City won the Premiership League and it was a fabulous match which went right to the wire. Cty had such a bad start to the season and then all that nonsense with Tevez, but they hung in there, well done Mancini! Ferguson seems to have forgotten about the 6-1 win by City over United and then 1-0 in the return game. Watch out next season Ferguson, as this is just the beginning. I am not a City or United fan but I support every team that plays against Man United because of their attitude. Well done Manchester City!!!!

      ckrohne1 - 2012-05-15 01:10

      You know what they say about supporting any other team that play United? It's like a guy who is thanking his neighbour for giving his wife an orgasm, because he cant!

  • Les - 2012-05-14 20:26

    If dis madala doesnt hv words to express man city s tremendous win, he must shut-up

  • elliot55 - 2012-05-15 08:38

    Oh fergie stop being jealousy

  • elliot55 - 2012-05-15 08:39

    Oh fergie stop being jealousy

  • mushi.somo - 2012-05-15 12:59

    Congrats to City, it would be criminal if they didn't win it with all the petrol dollars they splashed. Now we just wait for the Mighty Bucs to defend our title then I can call it a wonderful season allround.

  • Jody - 2012-05-15 13:45

    City forever, might take us another 44years but who cares we are the champs. Hallo , love your song. Cmon Cityyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

  • Carl - 2012-05-15 18:20

    Come on guys. I'm a United Supporter but what if City bought top players. It's thier choice. A football club is a business after all. There are various ways of running a business and finding the people that best suits your company vision is part of it. You can recruit or develop in house. Don't forget United have broken transfer records in the past fortunately we were lucky to get a few bargains as well.

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