Fergie's plea to Hughes
ALEX FERGUSON is hoping for an unlikely favour from old boy Mark Hughes to deny Manchester City the Premier League title.
Hughes, who brings his relegation-threatened QPR to City next Sunday, will have an extra motivation to ruin the Blue ticker-tape celebration, having been sacked by the club in December 2009.
"The fact that QPR need the points gives us hope. I just wish Mark Hughes was playing for them," said Ferguson.
"It could be like Devon Loch (in the 1956 Grand National). Stranger things have happened in football. We just have to keep going with the right spirit.
"We've won the title on three occasions on the last day and we don't mind doing it again.
"Mark knows his job alright. He was sacked by City in a very unethical way and he'll remember that.
"No doubt City will be favourites, the crowd will be carried away and right behind them, they will be getting in the face of the referee as they did against us. But Mark's teams always fight."
Mancini, meanwhile, will not allow anyone at the club to make the mistake of thinking they are already champions.
"If we beat QPR we will be champions, but we can't think about that now. We have another game and we have to prepare very well.
"In one game, things can change. We should keep our concentration like we have done for the last five weeks.
"I'm excited because we are top, but it's not enough. If we play like we did against Newcastle next Sunday, I think we have a fantastic chance to be champions."