Date: 27th March 2006 at 1:57pm
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Sir Alex Ferguson admitted it was agony putting one over on an ex-United great.

It was the second time in eight days United had made one of their illustrious former players suffer relegation agony. Following the defeat of Bryan Robson’s West Brom last weekend, this time it was the turn of Steve Bruce.

Ferguson: ‘It is agony. Bryan and Steve were two great captains of our club in the early years when we were still striving to get there and I really feel for them.

‘Their quality does not deserve them to be in the position they are in. But they will fight on because they are battlers.

‘The great challenge for us now is to win all our games and lay down a marker for what we are going to do next season.

‘Second spot would be no disgrace this season because Chelsea are very consistent at the moment and they are defending very well.

‘But we have to try and keep the gap down. We have some important games coming up and we still have to play at Stamford Bridge.

‘They might lose a game at home. Hopefully it will be against us.’