Sir Alex Ferguson has finally admitted that City are now one of their main rivals.
“You have to recognise they are a competitor now,” says Ferguson speaking ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash at Eastlands. “We have had to wait a long time for it to be like that but they are obviously making a much better fist of their league programme this year than they have done in the past.”
Ferguson has been involved in a war of words since the blues undertook a huge summer spending spree which saw Carlos Tevez move from Old Trafford to Eastlands and also the emergence of the ‘Welcome to Manchester’ banner, which enraged United and their supporters.
Following September’s derby, which United won with a goal in the sixth minute of the four allotted at the end of the match, Ferguson branded the blues as ‘noisy neighbours’ and the way to deal with it was to ‘turn the TV up louder.’ However, Ferguson now admits that the blues have surpassed the maximum volume and can no longer be ignored.
Over the years, Newcastle and Blackburn have been the only teams outside the top four to challenge United, with City seen as nothing more than irritating. But times are changing and the red half know this. The superior wealth of the club against United’s debts will no doubt work in their favour over the next few years and our trophy-less days will be over.
Sir Alex’s comments have also broken a world record for the longest time it has taken for a penny to drop!
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