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Ferguson expects City to win

2012-05-11 13:30

Manchester - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes title rivals Manchester City could suffer untold damage if they fail to secure the English Premiership title on Sunday.

City will secure their first top-flight crown for 44 years if they defeat relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season at the Etihad Stadium.

Roberto Mancini's side are level on points at the top of the table but boast a superior goal difference.

Any slip by City will allow United, who are away to Sunderland, to claim a record 20th crown if they better the result of their neighbours.

Ferguson told reporters at a press conference in Manchester on Friday that he expects City to win.

But the long-serving United manager believes Mancini's side could be damaged if they mess up at the final hurdle.

"We can only do our best and try and win the match. Hopefully something stupid happens to City," said Ferguson, who revealed England defender Chris Smalling will miss Euro 2012 with a groin injury.

"On the face of it you expect City to win and so do I. But City have got to win. It's an enormous challenge for them because the disappointment of losing the game would be unbelievable.

"It's untold at this moment in time what effect it could have on them.

"It's the last game of the season. It's fantastic for the neutral, fantastic for the media but agony for both clubs although it will be more so for City if they lose it."

Ferguson is hoping QPR, who will be relegated if they lose and Bolton win at Stoke, take a leaf from the book of his former club Aberdeen.

The Scot led Aberdeen to a surprise victory over Real Madrid in the European Cup Winners' Cup on May 11 1983 in Sweden.

"Do you know what I was doing 29 years ago today?" added 70-year-old Ferguson.

"I took a wee team called Aberdeen to Sweden to beat Real Madrid in a European final with 11 players home-bred, with the oldest player 27-years-old. That's QPR's challenge - to do an Aberdeen.

"Of course the odds are stacked against them, City are in good form and are at home. But as long as human beings are human beings you never know. You hope something stupid happens.

"QPR are fighting for their Premier League future.

"They have invested a lot of money to get where they are. But probably most of the players will be put on the list, (if they go down) all of the players will have their salaries halved from what I can gather, things like that."

AFP

Comments
  • Mangenangenxebanjengempethu - 2012-05-11 13:42

    I support Man U, but I think Man City deserve the championship this time, they played very well especially at home and they have been consistent, but its not gonna be easy to beat QPR since thy are fighting for their lives. May the best team or more deserving team win the EPL.

  • Bob - 2012-05-11 14:26

    I expect Sunderland to beat Utd anyway, I think old blue nose is just trying to jangle a few City nerves, come on City, I can't stand the thought of my manc mates chirping on and on about title number 20.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-05-11 15:21

    Fergie the sly old fox. His usual mind games. Give him credit he managed to upset many with such comments. He casts panic in the City camp and motivation in the QPR camp. Looking forward to Sundays games. Very, very interesting.Mancini is no rookie and City are motivated. 17.45 Hrs. Sunday evening. Never Walk Alone.

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-05-12 08:19

    Pple come on they(man utd) failed to take at least 1 poit against MAN CITY.how can they dream for poor QPR to do it.is just a last keek of a dying donkey(words of old man ferguson).

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-05-12 08:19

    Pple come on they(man utd) failed to take at least 1 poit against MAN CITY.how can they dream for poor QPR to do it.is just a last keek of a dying donkey(words of old man ferguson).

  • ntshembolloyd.shibambu - 2012-05-12 08:19

    Pple come on they(man utd) failed to take at least 1 poit against MAN CITY.how can they dream for poor QPR to do it.is just a last keek of a dying donkey(words of old man ferguson).

  • Prosper - 2012-05-12 09:08

    Come on City. We all hate UTD.

  • raymond.d.pickering - 2012-05-12 16:52

    The writing was on the wall when United played Wigan. United's defense was pathetic and this performance gave City the Premiership. United's strategy of playing a loan striker up front in Rooney was also dodgy. Ferguson needs to buy in my opinion - a couple of dour defenders and three Nat Lofthouse's in front is needed otherwise they will be mid-table next season!

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