Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson: It Was 'Important' To Win 19th Title And Overtake Liverpool

Scot hails his squad after Red Devils clinch title with 1-1 draw at Blackburn to become the most successful club in English football
By Greg Stobart at Ewood Park

Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed it was “important” for Manchester United to become the most successful club in English football by winning a 19th top flight title.

Wayne Rooney converted a 73rd minute penalty to secure a 1-1 draw at Blackburn on Saturday that earned United the point they needed to clinch the Premier League crown this season.

The championship means the Old Trafford club overtake bitter rivals Liverpool – who won the last of their 18 titles in 1990 – in the record books.

“That's the most important thing, being the most successful,” Ferguson said after game.

“Hopefully we will keep it going for a long time. It's a great achievement.

“It feels very good. It was a disappointing game but I'm not particularly bothered about that.

“This season has been a funny season. Our away form has not been great and today we drew but we've been fantastic at home and that's what has won us the title.

“This thing about knocking Liverpool off their perch – I don't know if I actually said that. It's important to Manchester United to be the best in terms of winning titles. We've also got the best FA Cup record, we've won League Cups, Champions Leagues and the World Club Cup."

Ferguson also insisted it is “not fair” to suggest that this is not a particularly strong United team – and he played down talk that winning the title this year might be more significant than the historic treble victory in 1999.

“Oh no, let's no get carried away,” added the Scot. “The treble season was something special – that won't happen again.

“I knew we would be knocked out eventually this season and if you want to lose one it's the FA Cup – the Premier League and the Champions League are the most important.

“It's not fair to say it's a bad Manchester United team or a bad league. It's a hard league to win, there is no doubt about that.

“Any campaign always has little blips for everyone. Every team is going to have one and we've had them ourselves.”

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