After a four day media blackout at Old Trafford, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has finally opened up about the frustration of losing to Liverpool and the challenges United face in winning the title.
"I have no excuses for the poor performance at Liverpool, who were the better team and deserved their win," Ferguson told regional Manchester sports website cbsport.org. "I was disappointed because we didn't perform to the level I expect and which, to be fair, we generally achieve."
Ferguson refused to discuss the Nani injury which resulted from a controversial tackle by Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, or his reasoning for the media snub. He did however talk about Arsenal’s form and how they are Manchester United’s biggest threat in the race for the title.
"Last season they faded around the February to March period to leave Chelsea and ourselves in a two-horse race that saw us pipped at the post by a point.
“I think most pundits expected to see something similar this season, plus a challenge from Spurs and Manchester City to make it even more difficult for Arsenal to get back up to the top.
"But Arsène Wenger and his players have rearranged the pecking order somewhat to come storming through to lie in second place.
“Clearly they represent the main danger to us achieving our ambitions in a revival of the rivalry of a few years ago, and I am sure they regard us as the major threat to their hopes."
Ferguson has a few challenges to face in the coming weeks, with a charge brought forward by the FA for improper conduct shown towards a referee. The BBC and other media outlets are also considering making a complaint against the United legend for refusing to speak to the media pre and post match on Sunday.
That, coupled with Manchester United’s demanding fixtures of FA Cup, Champions League and Barclays Premier League ties will make for a nail-biting run into the end of the season.