Monday’s Manchester derby the biggest ever, claims Sir Alex Ferguson
If Manchester United do narrowly miss out on a 20th league title, it will be pretty easy to pinpoint where things went wrong, with the Red Devils tossing away a 4-2 lead to draw 4-4 with Everton on Sunday.
April 22nd, 2012
The result allied with Manchester City’s 2-0 win at Wolves means the gap between the two Manchester clubs is just three points with three games remaining and Monday’s derby is likely to represent the title decider.
Sir Alex Ferguson certainly believes the showdown at Eastlands is the biggest derby of his Manchester United managerial career, with the Scot knowing that defeat means that any chance of winning the title is out of their hands.
“Yes, definitely,” said Ferguson, when asked if it was the most important derby he has known.
“We’ve given them the initiative, there is no doubt about that.
“It makes the game at the Etihad a really important game. A decider really.
“There has been an expectancy from City that it could be their decider, but it’s our decider too.”
Ferguson watched with disbelief as Nikica Jelavic and Steven Pienaar both scored in the final ten minutes to dent United’s title campaign and he admitted after the game that the match was thrown away.
“There were defensive lapses,” he said.
“Their goals were really soft. It was a real shock for us to defend like that.
“It was a travesty of a result in some ways but we made it difficult for ourselves and if you look at our history we keep doing that.
“We’ve thrown a game away that we should be coasting. But we didn’t so we have given ourselves a difficult task.”