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'The worst result in my history' says Ferguson

A huge wave of schadenfreude swept the country yesterday afternoon after Manchester United were walloped 6-1 by Manchester City in the lunchtime derby. The match, which was billed as being between a crucial contest between two title contenders, has shown that City really are the real deal this season, and that they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

For many the purest, most beautiful joy was seeing Alex Ferguson so distraught after the match. The United boss, who has presided over title after title, described the result as the worst of his entire football career, and looked completely shell-shocked by what he had seen. He didn't even really the blame the sending off of Johnny Evans for the result, instead complaining about his team's cavalier and reckless approach with 10 men Happy days, eh?

'It's the worst result in my history, ever,' he said. 'Even as a player I don't think I ever lost 6-1. It's an incredible disappointment. It was hard to believe we were 1-0 down but that's retrievable. The sending off (of Jonny Evans) was the killer blow. After that, we kept attacking. It's all right playing the history books but common sense has to come into it. When we went to 3-1, 4-1 we should have settled for that.

'We kept attacking and we should have just said: 'We've had our day.' But our two full-backs were playing like wingers. At times it was two versus three at the back. And that was suicidal, crazy.'

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