Ahead of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford tonight United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he can’t bring himself to re-watch the fixture from last season.
Manchester United host Manchester City tonight with the luxury of holding a 15 point gap over their nearest challengers in the Premier League, with seven games remaining.
Yet it was a very different story in this corresponding fixture last season, with City recording a 1-6 rout over their rivals – United’s heaviest home defeat since 1955.
Whilst very few expect a repeat performance of that result at the Theatre of Dreams tonight, Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he has not watched any video replays of that woeful performance last year.
“I’m not into self-flagellation,” Ferguson said on the Sun’s website when he was asked if he’d re-watched the game.
“It happened, we threw it away, committed suicide in the game.”
The Scottish manager and his side have certainly responded positively since losing twice to City last year and missing out on a record 20th league title on goal difference.
In this campaign United have dominated from start to finish, barely giving any of their opponents a sniff as they continue to break away at the top of the league – as well as beating their Sky Blue rivals 1-2 at the Etihad along the way.
Ferguson believes it is the way they lost the title last season that has made his side come back so strongly.
“It sticks in your mind but the only thing you can do after that kind of thing is do better,” the veteran boss said.
“That’s what the players did – they focused and their team spirit was fantastic. They’ve achieved a lot this season.”