Ouch! It was painful to watch the game, even more painful when the championship was snatched from Manchester United literally at the last minute. But... life goes on and congratulations go to Manchester City, the new champions of the English Premier League 2011-2012 season.
EPL table end of season 2011-2012
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Manchester United manager, Alex Ferguson, remained defiantly upbeat:
He talked up the experience gained by new signings such as Phil Jones and Ashley Young, whose first title chase ended in bitter disappointment as they lost out on goal difference to Manchester City despite ending with a very healthy 89 points.
Ferguson can also point to injuries and illness to key players, particularly leading central defender Nemanja Vidic and midfield workhorse Darren Fletcher.
“We take great credit from the fact that we have had so many injuries this season and we’ve coped with that very well. They are only young players, it was excellent for them,” Ferguson said on Sunday, offering a silver lining to the club’s fans who have no trophy to celebrate for the first time since 2005.
“They’ve experienced what has happened today and they’ll be around in five, six or 10 years time for Manchester United. The experience is good for them, even if it’s a bad one.”
“I would like to say on behalf of Manchester United, congratulations to our neighbours,” he added.
“It is a fantastic achievement to win the Premier League, it’s not easy to win, it’s the hardest league in the world and anyone that wins it deserves it.
“It was a cruel way but we’ve experienced many ups and downs in the 25 years that I’ve been here and most of them have been great moments. We have won the league three times in the last five seasons and we nearly did it again today.
“I’m pleased with their performance this season. With 89 points, it would have been good enough to win most leagues.”
“We don’t need to worry about that (City),” he said. “I think we have a rich history, better than anyone, and it will take them a century to get to our level of history.
“But for us it’s still a challenge and we’re good at challenges. We’ll kick on from here.”
Source: The Star..Ferguson upbeat as United end empty-handed