Wayne Rooney has offered his congratulations to Manchester City following their Premier League triumph, although was proud of the way in which Manchester United attempted to defend their crown.
City claimed their first league title since 1968 on Sunday afternoon in the most dramatic of circumstances; scoring twice in stoppage time to wrest the trophy from the clutches of United.
With City being held at the Etihad Stadium by Queens Park Rangers as only seconds remained on the clock, United thought they had done enough to ensure the title would go back to Old Trafford.
However, muted jubilation after the 1-0 defeat of Sunderland soon turned to palpable despair as Sergio Aguero's late, late winner burst the bubble of Sir Alex Ferguson's side.
Rooney had scored the solitary goal at the Stadium of Light, and believes United did all they could in order to retain their title, and win the Premier League for a 13th time.
"Congratulations to all involved with Manchester City they have won the best and hardest league in the world and deserve credit for that," the United striker told his official Facebook page.
"Still gutted today as any Manchester United team should be, we have given our all but unfortunately come up short on goal difference alone.
"This season we have had to cope with a number of long term injuries to important players and I think it speaks well for the future that the squad has pushed this title race to the last 60 seconds of the last game of the season."