Wednesday 16 November 2011
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Manchester City was the "worst result" in his prestigious managerial career.
City ripped United apart at Old Trafford on Sunday to move five points clear of their rivals at the top of the Barclays Premier League courtesy of two-goal hauls from Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko and further strikes from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
It was United’s biggest derby defeat since 1926 and the first time they have lost at home in the league in 18 months, ending a run of 19 successive Barclays Premier League victories at home.
"It was our worst ever day," said Ferguson, who has been United manager since November 1986. "It's the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don’t think I ever lost 6-1. That's a challenge for me, too.
"I cannot believe the scoreline. The first goal was a blow for sure but it was retrievable at 1-0. When Jonny Evans was sent off just after half-time that was a killer for us. We kept attacking when we went 4-1 down and we should have just said 'We've had our day'."
Balotelli opened the scoring before Evans was sent off for a professional foul on the Italian who doubled the lead before Aguero made it 3-0. Darren Fletcher pulled one back for United before Dzeko's brace - either side of Silva’s effort - completed the rout late on.
Ferguson added: "We just kept attacking, it was crazy football. Our full-backs were playing as wingers and they were attacking three versus two half the time.
"I thought with the experience we've got, people like Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, they would have closed ranks and accepted it, but we just kept attacking. Sometimes there has to be common sense about it. It was a bad day."