Sir Alex Ferguson said 'I told you' to Man Utd players after losing PL title to Man City

Sunday 13 May, 2012, was a tough day for everyone involved with Manchester United.

Heading into the final day of the 2011/12 Premier League season, the Red Devils were tied at the top of the table with Manchester City but behind on goal difference.

United needed to win their game against Sunderland and pray that City dropped points at home to Queen’s Park Rangers.

They held up their end of the bargain by winning 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and up until stoppage time, City were losing 2-1. A 20th Premier League title seemed to be heading United’s way.

But then it happened. A 92nd-minute equaliser from Edin Dzeko was followed by a 94th-minute winner from Sergio Aguero to clinch the title for City.

Cue wild celebrations in the blue half of Manchester as Sir Alex Ferguson and United’s players learned of City’s last-gasp victory in Sunderland. They couldn’t believe it.

Tom Cleverley was a United player at the time and in an interview with the club’s website, he’s recalled the emotions of narrowly missing out on the Premier League to their rivals.

The 29-year-old has also revealed exactly what Sir Alex said to United’s squad in the dressing room as they tried to come to terms with what had happened.

“It doesn’t get much worse,” wrote Cleverley. “I wasn’t in the squad at Sunderland that day, but I was on my way down from the directors’ box and as soon as Dzeko scored City’s equaliser, I knew.

“I could see it unfolding and that it was meant to be theirs. It was a terrible, terrible day in my career. I still can’t listen to Martin Tyler’s commentary when the clip comes on Sky Sports.

“You know the one. I cannot listen to it. I have to turn over. My best mate, we’re both the same; can’t listen to it.

“Everything just comes back. Losing to your city rivals on goal difference with the last kick of the season, it doesn’t get much worse. I’ll never forget in the dressing room after that game.

“The manager said to us all: ‘I told you. That’s why I wanted you to be more ruthless and really kill teams, because you can lose leagues on goal difference.’

“And he was right. We’d gone in after beating teams 3-0 or 4-0 that season and he still hadn’t been happy with us in the dressing room.

“That’s how much of a winner he was, how ruthless he wanted us to be. If we’d done that, scored more goals, really killed teams, we’d have won the league in 11/12.

“But had we done that, would we have had that real determination to win it the next year and win it as convincingly as we did?”

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