ALEX FERGUSON has admitted it will be agony on Sunday waiting to hear if Manchester United can profit from "something stupid" happening to Manchester City.
United head to Wearside for their final-day encounter with Sunderland knowing if City win, there is nothing they can do to prevent the league championship heading across town for the first time since 1968.
Ferguson expects City to come out on top against relegationthreatened QPR. However, while there is still a chance, the United boss will not abandon the fight.
“It is a last game of the season thriller,” he said. “It is fantastic for the neutral and agony for both clubs. “I expect Manchester City to win. But as long as human beings are what they are, you never know.
“You just hope something stupid happens.” The straw Ferguson is clutching at stems from the knowledge a QPR side managed by United old-boy and former City boss Mark Hughes need a point to secure their own Premier League survival.
Ferguson said last week he wished Hughes was playing. But he is confident the toughness that characterised Hughes during his playing career will transmit itself to his players, many of whom could be facing uncertain futures by 5pm on Sunday evening. “Probably most of the players will be put on the transfer list,” said Ferguson. “A lot of their salaries will be halved from what I can gather. It is a dramatic thing for QPR.
“They have invested a bit of money and it could have a big effect on the players and club.” Given the way he was treated by City, who leaked confirmation that Hughes was leaving on the morning of a game he was in charge for, the QPR boss has plenty of incentive to deny the Blues.