Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson congratulated rivals Manchester City for winning the title, but pointed out the difference in the two clubs’ history.
Roberto Mancini’s side came from behind to win in injury time and deny the Old Trafford club from retaining their Premier League crown – a dramatic finale to the season.
While the Red Devils’ boss congratulated his counterpart at the Etihad Stadium, he could not help commenting on the differing heritage of success between United and the Citizens.
“We congratulate Manchester City. Anyone who wins the league deserves to win it because it's a very, very difficult league to win,” he said.
"We know that because, as we've experienced today, we've lost on goal difference. "They [City] can go on as much as they like.
“That's what you would expect, but the history of our club stands us aside. We don't need to worry about that. I think we have a rich history, better than anyone, and it will take them a century to get to our level of history.”
It will have been a galling experience for the Scot as his team were champions when the final whistle blew at the Stadium of Light and Wayne Rooney’s first half goal proved to be the winner.
Euphoria turned to despair seconds later as news filtered through of Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp winner to take the trophy from the red to the blue side of Manchester.
It means United finished the season without a trophy and, with 89 points, became the highest points tally for a club finishing runners-up in the Premier League.