Sir Alex Ferguson has declared that a win for his Manchester United team against cross-town rivals Manchester City on Sunday would be one his greatest results, reports Sky
City and United square off in the first Manchester derby of the season, and with United leading the Premier League by three points from City, there is much more than local pride at stake. Ferguson, who witnessed City beat United twice last season on their way to their first league title in 44 years, is keen for United to take all three points at the Etihad Stadium, claiming it would represent “one of our best ever results”.
“They are a really good, powerful team with massive players. It won’t be easy and if we defend like we did at Reading, we’ll be in trouble,” Ferguson told MUTV. “The important thing for us is to take lessons from the mistakes we’re making and do something about it. We need to find a solution.”
Both teams are coming off mid-week Champions League defeats, although United had already secured passage through to the knockout rounds. City remain undefeated in the League so far this season, and have not lost at the Etihad for over two years. United’s visit last season saw a Vincent Kompany goal earn a 1-0 victory for City, a result their put the title squarely in City’s hands.
Despite the gap between second-placed City and third-placed Chelsea being 7 points, Ferguson refused to concede that the title race was now down to just two teams. “If you think back, we were 12 points behind Chelsea at one point and when Arsenal beat us in the league in 1998, we were 11 points clear, Ferguson noted.
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