Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has snubbed neighbours Manchester City by saying they were handed the title - rather than winning it on merit.
The Red Devils, who blew an eight-point lead with six games left, had to settle for second place in the Premier League this season, after losing out on goal difference to the Citizens, after their dramatic 3-2 win over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
Evra has served as stand-in skipper after Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign in December due to rupturing a cruciate knee ligament against Basel in the Champions League, and has claimed that their noisy neighbours will come nowhere near them next season.
"I always say when someone is champions they deserve it," said the Frenchman. "But I can say to myself that we gave the title to City.
"It was just the last 30 seconds [on the last day of the season] that made City the champions."
The 31-year-old defender believes that City can't compete when United play at their best.
"City played their best football," he continued. "We didn't always play our best football but we still finished on the same points.
"So it makes you think that if we play our best football consistently throughout the season, then we're going to win the league by many points. That is why I'm confident [that we will win it back] next year."