Old Trafford supremo is adamant the clash between the top two could be crucial in deciding where the Premier League trophy ends up this season and praises the form of Jonny Evans

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester derby could still decide title


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists the derby clash with Manchester City could still determine this season’s Premier League winners – despite their recent contrast in form.

United have opened up a five-point lead over their city rivals having spent the majority of the season trailing. But with his side set to travel to the Etihad Stadium in their penultimate away game on April 30, Sir Alex has dismissed any suggestion that the game no longer holds the same significance.

“Derby games are always important, and it could be even more important this year,” he told Northern Irish radio station U105.8fm.

“It’s bound to have an impact on the eventual winner, albeit that we’re going into it with a nice healthy lead.”

One of United’s key performers in recent months has been Jonny Evans, who has stepped in to replace the injured Nemanja Vidic to great effect.

The Northern Irishman is a long-standing member of the squad but has never been able to hold down a regular slot and his manager was full of praise for his performances of late.

“He’s been excellent,” said Sir Alex.

“He’s maturing, his form in the last two months with Rio Ferdinand has been absolutely fantastic and that’s really important to have a partnership at the back that’s consistent and playing all the time.”