Ten minutes from time at Old Trafford on Sunday, most United fans were dreaming of the elation at retaining their crown at the home of those troublesome “noisy neighbours”, which would have been the prize for beating Manchester City.
Now, barring improbably large victories in their final two games, Ferguson and his pla yers know that, not only will they surrender top spot if they lose, there will be nothing they can do to alter the situation should City win their final two games. And for that, United only have themselves to blame. “There is anger from the players,” said Nani.
“The concentration was not the best in the last few minutes — that’s why they were able to create chances and score goals. “We had a lot of possession and played some fantastic football in attack. But we conceded too many goals and we’re not happy about that.”