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Ferguson: A day to remember

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Sir Alex Ferguson reflects fondly on a day he will remember for the rest of his life, as the Manchester United chief celebrated 25 years at Old Trafford with a 1-0 victory over Sunderland.

A flurry of tributes greeted the Red Devils boss on the eve of his anniversary, prior to yesterday's kick-off, not least the unveiling of the club's North Stand, which has now been renamed after their longest serving manager.

The game itself was always going to be a secondary side-story, and even Ferguson questioned whether the magnitude of the occasion was a factor in his side's sub-standard performance.

"It was an anxious day for the players," he confirmed to MUTV. "I think they showed that. They wanted to do well for me.

"That last 15 minutes was torture. I'd have been quite happy if the whistle had gone at half-time when we were 1-0 up. Sunderland threw everything at us and played very well."

A Wes Brown own goal, on the defender's return to his old club, was all that ultimately separated the two sides, but the victory means United stay in touch of rivals Manchester City at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, despite looking off the pace for long periods against the Black Cats.

"These occasions can be a wee bit like that," continued Ferguson. "I remember the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster and we lost 2-0 to Manchester City.

"That [occasion] got to the players that day. Maybe it happened a little bit today [Saturday]."

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