Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at Manchester City’s defensive style, and believes Manchester United would be on course to retain their Premier League crown if they had been ‘bolting up’ at the back like City in recent games.
United sit second in the Premier League by virtue of goal difference having thrown away an eight point advantage over their rivals, with last week's defeat in the Manchester derby giving Roberto Mancini’s side the upper hand.
City’s vastly superior goal difference means a win against QPR on Sunday will likely secure their first league title in over 40 years, and Ferguson believes that his rivals defensive style may win them the league title.
Speaking about United’s 1-0 defeat in the Machester derby, Ferguson told Sky Sports: “In the end we just ran out of time, as Mancini made changes to give him five at the back. It's the Italian mentality - and maybe we should sometimes go down that road.
"We could certainly have done with bolting up the game against Everton.
"If we had done just a fraction of what City did, I would probably be saying quite a different thing."
However despite his side’s defensive frailties which played a major part in their 4-4 draw with the Toffees last month, Ferguson insists he is proud to say he tried to win the title playing attractive football.
"It is not in our nature to put up the shutters and I like to think that it is our attacking, adventurous approach that has made United famous," he commented.
"On balance it's a policy that has also served us well in terms of trophies.
"But if we lose the league this year there is no doubt the pivotal match was the 4-4 draw."