Fergie happy to revel in glory

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to revel in the glory ahead of what seems a certain achievement of becoming the most successful club in England.

The Scot took over United in 1986 and went on to set the target of overtaking Liverpool's record of 18 league titles.

A 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday leaves United just one point away from the 2010/11 Premier League title and what would be a 19th league championship.

With the possibility of overtaking Liverpool now within touching distance, Ferguson did not hide his happiness after the victory against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

"It's fantastic to be the most successful team in the country," he told Sky Sports 1.

"The minute we won that first title in 1992 the door opened, and we've been involved in the first two all throughout that period - it's a fantastic achievement.

"For the last 17 or 18 years it's been Arsenal and Chelsea as our nearest challengers, and the last few years it's been Chelsea. Arsenal made a great attempt this year, but them losing today has finalised it.

"We deserve the title and hopefully we'll get that point now."

United were 1-0 up inside the first minute thanks to Javier Hernandez and two goals ahead after 23 minutes when Nemanja Vidic headed past Petr Cech.

Frank Lampard pulled a goal back for Chelsea in the 68th minute, but Ferguson's side held on for the win and the 69-year-old was delighted with the performance.

"We could've scored six in the second half, but we expected a tough game and we got a tough game," he said.

"We were brilliant - we got a great start, but Cech made some fantastic saves.

"When we gave the ball away for their goal, we were a bit nervy but the fans helped us.

"We kept making chances and (Wayne) Rooney could've scored six today."

To miss out now would take a collapse of the magnitude witnessed in the 1956 Grand National - an incident Ferguson was desperate not to be reminded of.

"Don't even mention Devon Loch - my dad backed that!" he quipped.

Source: Sky Sports
Date Published: 9 May 2011

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The whole team was amazing. When we smashed Schalke away the critics pointed out they were a crap team. Now no one can doubt that, when we click as a team, few can do much about it. We have players with enormous desire and huger - which has made up for a lack of quality all season- but under pressure (unlike Arsenal) we reach peaks. I still think we will get battered by Barca but after yesterday we could make a really good game of it if we play like that again. Ridiculously good atmopshere at Old Trafford, the place was buzzing apart from a few very nervy patches.

- Oli

Great result, was nervous before kick off. The early goal definitely helped but you always worry that we may sit back and try and defend it but we took it to them the whole game and could easily have been five or six if Hernandez had finished one of his chances, Cech hadn't made a couple of decent saves and the ref had given either of the penalties. It's not job done yet but you'd hope that we could pick up at least a point against Blackburn and save it going down to the last day of the season. Would be nice to be able to play a second string against Blackpool if we've got the title wrapped up as I definitely wouldn't mind them taking three points and seeing them stay up with West Ham, Wigan and Wolves going down. Park was man of the match for me, chased after the ball all day and was good when he had the ball. Giggs was awesome again and Vidic was once again at his best. Don't think I could critisise a single one of our players for their performance yesterday though.

- Dave

Could have been a rout but a great result anyway

- letrip