MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson pulled no punches as he reflected on the “worst result in my history” after being humiliated by Manchester City today.
City, the Barclays Premier League leaders, stormed into Old Trafford to thrash their 10-man rivals 6-1 and send out an ominous warning to their title rivals.
It was United’s heaviest derby defeat since 1926, their first loss at home in 18 months and left them trailing City by five points in the table.
Ferguson told Sky Sports: “It was our worst ever day.
“It’s the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player I don’t think I ever lost 6-1. That’s a challenge for me too.
“I can’t believe the scoreline. The first goal was a blow for sure but it was retrievable at 1-0.
“The sending off was a killer for us. We kept attacking when we went 4-1 down and we should have just said, ‘We’ve had our day’.”
Ferguson added: “We just kept attacking. They were attacking three versus two. It was crazy football.
“I thought with the experience we’ve got - Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra - they would (have defended more) but we just kept attacking.
“Sometimes there has to be common sense about it. It was a bad day.”
A seething Andre Villas-Boas revealed he lost it with referee Chris Foy yesterday after Chelsea’s dramatic and controversial west London derby defeat at QPR.
He said: “I spoke to him at the end and I was very aggressive to him. I don’t care if he’s okay or not.
“Everyone can have a bad day, but this was not a bad day for us. It was a good day for us and a bad day for the referee.”
QPR won the game 1-0 thanks to a Heidar Helguson penalty that was awarded for a needless David Luiz challenge in the eighth minute.
Foy then controversially sent off Jose Bosingwa for a last-man challenge and was left with no choice but to dismiss Didier Drogba for a two-footed lunge.
He booked seven more Chelsea players, meaning the club can expect an FA fine, and Villas-Boas said: “A couple of decisions are right, yellow cards for sure.
“I’m not happy with the difference of treatment. I don’t think the same treatment was applied.
“Apart from the fourth official, the other three were led by the emotions of the crowd and couldn’t deal with a game like this.”
QPR boss Neil Warnock rubbed salt into the wound by praising Foy.
“I am so pleased that we had the referee because a lot would have been conned,” the 62-year-old said, suggesting Villas-Boas’ outburst betrayed a lack of experience.