Fergie: Title's in the bag now
Published 23:01 08/05/11 By David McDonnell
Sir Alex Ferguson saluted his players as they all but clinched a record-breaking 19th league title.
Goals from Javier Hernandez and captain Nemanja Vidic sealed a win that leaves United needing just one point from their remaining two games to overtake arch-rivals Liverpool as the club with most titles.
Ferguson said: “The players won’t muck it up now. They’ll get the point we need.”
And asked whether there was any chance his side could still collapse like Devon Loch – the horse that fell yards from the finish line in the 1956 Grand National – he said: “Don’t even mention Devon Loch. My dad actually backed that horse!”
Frank Lampard gave Chelsea hope by pulling a goal back with 21 minutes left, but it was too late. United face Blackburn at Ewood Park on Saturday, where a point will officially secure a remarkable 12th Premier League title for Ferguson.
Wayne Rooney could be in trouble with the FA after appearing to stick two fingers up at Chelsea’s fans who were abusing him in the first-half.
The United striker made the gesture as he came to the touchline for treatment, although it could have been aimed at the referee’s assistant after he was clattered in a tackle.
But that could not dampen Ferguson’s euphoria as he said: “It’s fantastic being the most successful team in the country in terms of championship victories.
“As soon as we won that one in 1993, the door opened for us and it’s an incredible achievement.
“I would not have believed it [overhauling Liverpool], but once we got that first title we improved and improved.
“The fans were magnificent today, especially in the last 15 minutes when we needed them.”
Chelsea must win their remaining two games – against Newcastle and Everton – and hope United lose to both Blackburn and Blackpool, to have any chance of the title.
And Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is likely to lose his job after a disappointing season, said: “United played better than us and deserved to win the game and the title.”