Ferguson delighted with Manchester derby win

Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Manchester United’s victory over Manchester City on Sunday after seeing his side move six points clear at the top of the Premier League table, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Two goals from Wayne Rooney and a late, deflected Robin van Persie free-kick overcame strikes from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta, with the Mirror suggesting that inflicting City’s first home defeat since December 2010 offered Ferguson some revenge for the 6-1 hammering City gave United at Old Trafford last season.

Ferguson admitted that avenging last season’s results was a factor in what made this triumph so pleasing, but also gave credit to City after they came back from two goals down to level the match with only a few minutes to play. Van Persie’s winner came in stoppage time.

As well as beating United at Old Trafford last year, City managed a league double by winning by a single goal at the Etihad Stadium late in the season and eventually beat United to the title with practically the last kick on the last day of the season.

Today was a special one simply because City haven’t lost at home for two years and both of us are contending at the top of the league,” Ferguson said.

It’s a great day for us, to go six points clear and beat our closest rivals, ¬especially with what happened last season. We’ve waited a long time for this to happen and I’m sure it means everything to everyone at the club and all the fans. They deserved to come back when it was 2-2, but up to that point, I thought we were far better than them,” the manager added.

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