Despite a war of words between Manchester United and rivals Manchester City last week, Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the Etihad Stadium outfit have to be admired for what they have achieved this season.
The Red Devils are currently ahead of Roberto Mancini’s men on goal difference before their game against Fulham on Monday night, but the Scot has praised the efforts of United’s cross-town rivals this term.
“Experience is important, no matter who you are. If you’ve been there before, it helps,” he told reporters, published on Sky Sports.
“It’s not absolutely conclusive that it will apply this season because you’ve got to admire City.
“They’ve done exceptionally well and been top of the league for a long time. They’ve got us to go to the Etihad and they’ve not lost a game there.
“Individuals and teams can win games, but I think what is important now is how the temperament is how they hold their nerve.
“What we’ve got to get used to and it’s the same for every United and City fan is there’s going to be big games involving the two teams for the next decade.
“It will be semi-finals and finals, whatever, because the two teams will be at the forefront,” he concluded.
United can open up a three-point gap at the top of the Premier League with a win over Fulham at Old Trafford on Monday night.
By Gareth McKnight