Ferguson also wary of test next week against Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed rival Roberto Mancini’s claims that his side have been “lucky”.
Manchester City manager Mancini had suggested that their city rivals were lucky to have a 12 point advantage at the top of the Premier League table, and it didn’t necessarily mean a gulf of class.
However, Ferguson has hit back at his claims on Friday with a sarcastic response:
“We’re dead lucky,” he told reporters according to Sky Sports.
“We have only been doing it for 25 years. It is a terrible habit. Maybe he (Mancini) is lucky they are only 12 points behind.”
United welcome Norwich to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table, while City go to Aston Villa on Monday night.
However, Ferguson was also asked for his thoughts on the Champions League second-leg clash with Real Madrid next week, having gone to watch them play during their win over Barcelona in mid-week.
“I was shocked. Real Madrid were magnificent. They were absolutely brilliant, with Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil so good on the counter-attack.
“But we already knew Madrid are one of the best counter-attacking teams in Europe. That is what we will be up against on Tuesday and that is what our preparations are centring around.
“We have to make sure their counter-attacking doesn’t kill us,” he concluded.
Ferguson will undoubtedly have his focus on Norwich first though, as United will look to put further pressure on City in the race for the Premier League title.