Old Trafford chief Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Manchester United's concentration as the main reason behind this season’s Premier League success.
Manchester United sealed the championship on Monday night following their 3-0 win over Aston Villa – with Robin van Persie scoring a hat-trick.
“The players’ focus was fantastic this season,” Ferguson told the official Manchester United website.
“They didn’t get themselves annoyed by what happened last season. A lot of teams – most teams in the country – would have melted. But not this bunch.”
The Scot was quick to single out £24million summer signing Van Persie, and the Dutchman’s first-half treble makes him the division’s top scorer.
“Robin’s been unbelievable,” said Ferguson. “He has to take a lot of the credit – his goals tell you that and his performance levels tell you that.”
The Red Devils have won an unparalleled 20 league titles, but few have been won as convincingly as this season’s.
Despite this, doubters continue to insist United’s latest squad of players does not stack up to teams of the past – something the manager rejects.
“Put in context: we’ve now got 84 points with four games left and we’ve never done that,” Ferguson beamed. “That pedestal is there, the players have joined that pedestal."
Britain’s most decorated boss also gave a mention to the latest crop of United stars, and is confident there is more to come from them.
“We’ve got some young, exciting players – you’ve seen how De Gea’s improved over the season into an outstanding goalkeeper, young Rafa, you saw Jones tonight," he added.
“Arguably the way he’s [Jones] looking, he could be our best ever player."
The ex-Blackburn utility man has been missing for much of the campaign, but will be one of the first names on the team sheet next term as United try to defend their title.