Manchester City set their sights firmly on second place in the Premier League with a 6-1 win at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Roberto Mancini’s men humiliated Manchester United with a late goal splurge. Even Mario Balotelli scored.
The win means City are five points clear after nine games, a lead which they will expect to double by Christmas, before throwing it away.
“We’re embarrassed that we’ve let this happen yet again,” said a shaken Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Manchester United boss added: “Newcastle beat us 5-0 fifteen years ago, but we weren’t really trying that day as you can see by the fact Philippe Albert scored a 30-yard lob.”
Fortunately the veteran boss had judged the title race perfectly and overhauled the 10-point deficit before watching The Magpies slide into oblivion.
The same fate awaits Man City, according to Sir Alex.
His opposite number Roberto Mancini said his players are delighted with the win.
“This is magnificent for the team. They can all now relax, enjoy the season and look forward to picking up a runners up medal in May.
“Apart from Carlos Tevez, who will be picking up litter at reserve games.”