Date:Sunday May 6 2007
Sir Alex Ferguson got over his obsession with Europe and steered Manchester United to a Premiership title that's the greatest of his career, according to the boss.
United dominated this season's title race from the start to finish: there was only one weekend that did not end with the Reds being on top. We scored the most goals, won the most games and saw off the challenge of a team that had lifted the standards higher than anyone before.
No surprise that Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted.
'It`s a fantastic day for the club and the supporters, it`s been a fantastic season for them,' Sir Alex told Sky Sports. 'Everyone associated with the club has been fantastic.
'The Premier League is such a competitive league, the focus on it and the pressure for the big clubs to do well means it is a real priority for us.'
'I always used to have an obsession about winning in Europe,' he said. 'I think it`s been overtaken by the demands of the Premier League because I think it`s the highest league in Europe now. '
'It is a big, big achievement. So I suppose it was a priority, but I wish we`d at least got to the final in Athens, I must say.'
In 2005 and in 2006, Fergie kept on warning everyone that a good start to the season is vital. His words were proved right on both occasion but the latter is much sweeter for us.
'Over the last two years Chelsea had dominated the Premier League and we had a big job to do to catch them,' he said.
'The key to it was having a good start to the season and trying to stay with them and I think we did that very well. The start to the season was very important to us.
'Once we got that we were going to be hard to dislodge, and we kept that lead, and it`s not easy to keep a lead in the Premier League for six months or something like that, especially knowing that Chelsea are on your coattails all the time. '
The boss have been praising our squad players throughout the season, especially in the latter part when players started to go down as if they were machine-gunned. Now, once again, he paid tribute to those who are not necessarily regulars.
'The really crucial part was the resilience of our players when we started getting all the injuries. At one point we had eight players injured.
'We don`t have as big as squad as Chelsea, so credit to the 13 or 14 players who dug it out every week for us and got the results, I really take my hat off to that bunch of lads. It was fantastic effort by them.'
As your beloved editor always suspected, Fergie would not bear not watching today's game. He tried to keep his promise though and tuned in for only the last 15 minutes.
'I went to see my grandson playing, his team had a league decider today and they won their league, so it`s been a great double today!'
'I went home and watched the racing on telly, and after that I had nothing to do but twiddle my thumbs so I watched the last 15 minutes at the Emirates Stadium and I was in agony.'
We were in agony, too, thousands (or maybe millions) of supporters in front of the TV but Arsenal held firm and Sir Alex paid tribute to Chelsea's rally.
'Watching that last 15 minutes I thought Arsenal were trying to throw it away! They kept giving the ball away, Chelsea kept driving forward and my heart was in my mouth. But it was a great effort by Chelsea, you have to give them great credit.'
It's all right, Sir Alex, but one thing you forgot to declare: WE'VE GOT OUR TROPHY BACK!!!!
Date:Sunday May 6 2007
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