Fergie hails fantastic United

2011-05-09 10:55

Manchester - Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Manchester United's impending coronation as English champions for a record 19th time as a "fantastic achievement".

United moved level with Liverpool's tally of 18 titles two years ago and their 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday means they now need one more point to secure their 19th.

Ferguson's side are six points ahead of Chelsea with two games - at Blackburn and at home against Blackpool - remaining in the Premier League season.

They could even secure the title at Ewood Park next Saturday, on the same day that neighbours City are attempting to win their first silverware in 35 years in the FA Cup final.

And Ferguson, who has already won 11 league titles, is in no doubt that United will finish the job after killing off Chelsea's chances.

"For the last 18 years, Arsenal and Chelsea, you have to look at them always as being the main challengers to us," said Ferguson.

"In the last few years, it's been Chelsea but Arsenal made a great attempt this year

"To win 19 is fantastic, to be the most successful team in the country in terms of championship victories, and the minute we won (the Premier League) for the first time in 1992, the door opened for us and it's an incredible achievement."

Ferguson admits he is desperate to get the title won so that he can begin to concentrate on the upcoming Champions League final against Barcelona on May 28.

He added: "In the next few weeks, we've got to be doing some work on Barcelona. Of course it'll be about that in the week now in particular but we've got to get a point at Blackburn.

"Blackburn are fighting relegation and Blackpool as well so we've got 100 percent respect for those two great clubs. They're neighbours and I don't see them going down but we have to do our job and, if we get a point, I'll be delighted."

United could not have asked for a better start at Old Trafford, taking the lead through Javier Hernandez after just 37 seconds.

Nemanja Vidic doubled the lead with a header. Frank Lampard pulled a goal back for Chelsea, but United held on for a victory.

Even though Carlo Ancelotti won the Premier League and the FA Cup in his first season in charge at Chelsea, he is now facing mounting speculation about his future.

The Italian has one year left on his contract and maintains that he would like the chance to see out the remainder of his deal despite a trophyless season.

"You know my position. I have another year of my contract. I would like to stay. The club will take a decision at the end of the season. I accept the decision. We will wait and see," he said.

"I am honest to say that Chelsea didn't do its best this season but sometimes it can happen. Last year was a fantastic season. This year was a bit different

"We will arrange a meeting after the end of the season."

Ancelotti refused to discuss the suggestion that it is unfair for owner Roman Abramovich to expect Chelsea to win the title every season.

"I don't know what the owner thinks about the season but I think that in my opinion we could do better. To explain the reasons why we could do better, we need to have more time and now is not the time.

"But I think we have a good squad with fantastic players and we do not need to sign many this summer."


  • Selwyn - 2011-05-09 11:27

    Well stated comments from both managers, I respect that and also Chelsea for clawing their way back up the table. Well done, but I think MU are on track to take it, I also hope the double. Go, go MU. Well tried Chelsea.

  • Paul - 2011-05-09 11:35

    Was a clean game on sunday...well done Man utd we deserve it ...hope we can beat the barca divers

      Patriot - 2011-05-09 13:48

      And Nani?

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-05-09 11:50

    cl final : woMAN united 0 - 4 messi. people call la liga boring as its always a 2-horse race, well so is the epl with mufc and chelsea-how predictable. united fans cant handle the fact that barca are by far the best team on the planet that they resort to immature name-calling about diving etc. no surprize that united were voted the most hated company in britain.

      SpaceFrog - 2011-05-09 12:15

      Whats with the name calling....?

      CDS - 2011-05-09 12:24

      Hey Samurai Demo (LOL!!!) Yes Barca has a great side, currently best in Europe. What I am 100% sure of too is that they have the best theater actors of any Football side in the world. Yes, Barca, best all round.

      Selwyn - 2011-05-09 12:24

      @Samurai DEMON, we come here to make intelligent & supportive comment and you come here name calling. Go pick your nose and get back into you cot before mommy finds out. MU most hated, Yet they are the biggest most supported and wait for it the most successful club in english football. Besides you have posted the same drivel on other websites. Grow up mommies baby.

      Aribs - 2011-05-09 14:12

      @ Samurai...I'd love to 'flykick" the tripe you talk back down from where it came. You are a childish prick who has no clue what he is talking about, all these Man United haters will be choking on their words come the evening of the 28th....

      Albo - 2011-05-09 14:23

      @Samurai Demo - do you actually support Barca or are you an `any team against UTD` supporter?? If you are the latter, it must REALLY suck to be you. PS: The La Liga was decided 6 months ago. In the EPL, Chealsea were ahead, Arsenal and Man City were jumping around, Liverpool were almost in the relegation zone and UTD will win it - 2 horse race my @rse!!

  • IceMan - 2011-05-09 12:19

    remember to pay the refs on the way out Fergie

      CDS - 2011-05-09 12:32

      @IceMan Your brain cell is lonely, play with it.

      Aribs - 2011-05-09 14:14

      What a stupid comment. If I remember I think the ref slighty favoured Frank ' handball' Lampard and his team mates and where still beaten...

  • CDS - 2011-05-09 12:21

    Great performance under huge pressure. Deserved a bigger score line but the buys played their hearts out. Yes, congrats to Chelsea for a great come back this season. It's not over yet BTW, we still need that 1 point and that's not easy in the Premier League.

      Matt - 2011-05-09 13:48

      Against Blackburn and Blackpool?! It's Man United's title

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-05-09 12:27

    Where are the Naysayers now.... Barca, however will be tougher opposition but lets hope the game ain't too Messi...

  • Matt - 2011-05-09 13:50

    I don't like Man United but they are the deserved champions this year - well, they will be after getting 1 more point :-) shame though that a manager as good as Carlo Ancelotti will almost certainly be fired at the end of the season, despite winning the title last year. If Abramovich carries on like that, Chelsea will become a second Real Madrid - loads of money, good players, no consistent management hence no trophies

  • Roger - 2011-05-09 14:11

    Samurai you a chop !!!! We will see what happens come the 28th of may ! Last 3 games Barca played havent been good ones, so be ready for MAN UTD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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