Date: 9th December 2006 at 6:16pm
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I can’t believe it. We win the derby at home after two frustrating attempts in the last two seasons and our boss is not gloating excessively but says things he shouldn’t.

‘City are a big team,’ Sir Alex said and I’m wondering how is it possible that journalists did not start laughing their heads off. Maybe the presence of Psycho stopped them expressing their real feelings.

The rest of his comments made much more sense and I’m happy to see he hasn’t lost his marbles completely.

‘You have to earn the right to win these matches,’ insisted the United boss. ‘Just because you’re at home and are top of the league doesn’t mean you’re just going to turn up and win. You have to earn the right and we did that.

‘It was a typical derby game; there were moments when we should have punished them – we certainly had some fantastic opportunities to do that – and at other times in the game we had to really fight and scrap and Edwin van der Sar made two great saves.

Fergie declared the players would be given three days rest, a move which I appreciate very much, given how tired-looking they were at certain points of the game. He was moaning a bit about the television’s power in the scheduling but abandoned this topic fairly quickly to praise his team.

‘But you saw the players’ determination (to win the match) and when it really mattered they got on with things and finished the match off.’

Of course, the great Scot did not forget the game on Sunday. Chelsea (who are NINE points adrift currently, don’t forget) host injury-hit Arsenal and our boss gives up one of his natural habits for the duration of the match.

‘Supporting Arsenal isn’t something that happens very often but I’ll be doing that on Sunday!’ said Sir Alex and some pressmen thinks he was joking. Why would it be a joke, I’d ask them? ‘I expect it to be a tight and hard game between two great sides.

‘I’m looking forward to watching it and hopefully by Monday morning we’ll be in a better position.’