Friday 22 September 2017

James Lawton: Alex Ferguson knew in his bones that this was a night when the argument was lost.

Alex Ferguson gets involved in a touchline spat with Roberto Mancini
Alex Ferguson gets involved in a touchline spat with Roberto Mancini

IN the end it was too hard and too unyielding for any glowing and definitive statement from champions-elect but we could say something of significance indeed of Manchester City when they took a massive stride towards the championship of England after a break of 44 years.

We could say that on the most important night of their football lives they looked a team who were more than enough to beat the team who have set the standards of professionalism and unbreakable ambition in this football land.

They won, deservedly, and in the taut process they showed a depth of talent and resolve upon which it is entirely reasonable to believe they can build.

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