Sir Alex Ferguson could face an FA investigation over insinuating that Queens Park Rangers ‘quit’ and allowed Manchester City to clinch title.
Sergio Aguero’s winner against QPR in the fourth minute of added-on time – just over a minute after Edin Dzeko scored an equaliser – secured City’s first league crown in 44 years on the final day of the season.
Ferguson, frustrated by the way his team conceded an eight-point lead in the final weeks of the season, could now face a probe from the authorities after he suggested Rangers gave up once they knew they had avoided relegation.
“Queens Park Rangers did very well until they found out they were safe, and I think, as Mark Hughes has said, they quit,” said Ferguson in the club’s Inside United magazine.
“That was disappointing. It’s hard to digest because we played so well at Sunderland.
“Obviously we knew that QPR were in front, we all thought we had done it, then the Sunderland fans all started cheering and we knew they’d scored again. I said to Mike Phelan a couple of times that if QPR were leading and City equalised, they’d get a big impetus from that, and that’s what happened.
“Everyone expected City to win, but they made it difficult for themselves.”
The United manager’s comments are likely to be reviewed, especially as there were just seconds between the Rangers camp discovering they were safe and Aguero netting the winner.
Sources at City have brushed off Ferguson’s comments, while it is understood the Scot has not been in touch with Roberto Mancini to congratulate him on his title triumph.
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