Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted his side can have no regrets about its season despite finishing second to rival Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title.
When the full-time whistle blew at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon, the Red Devils were champions, only for City to score two injury-time goals against QPR to snatch the title away in the cruellest of circumstances, reports Goal.com.
Despite losing out on a 13th top-flight title in 25 years at the club, Sir Alex was not disappointed by his team’s effort and believes it may be better for its experiences next season.
He told reporters: "We conducted ourselves in the right way. It was a good level of performance and I have absolutely no recriminations about our season at all.
"Yes, there will be times when we can sit back and say we did this wrong, we did that wrong, but 89 points would have won the league most seasons.
"They are a good bunch of lads. The younger players will remember today because sometimes a bad experience is even better for you.
"When you have got a certain character and a good purpose about you, then you shouldn’t fear the future and I don’t think these lads will. That’s how the players are."
Sir Alex admitted that as soon as he heard of the five minutes of added time at the Etihad Stadium, United’s title dreams were in danger.
He added: "I said to [assistant] Mick Phelan before the game that if they [City] equalize late on, I think we’ll be in trouble because of the impetus of scoring late on.
"Five minutes injury time seemed a lot – I don’t know the circumstances of it – but QPR played with 10 men. That was probably a killer for them, having to play with 10 men for such a long period of time.
"At the end of the day, we have lost the league and there is nothing we can do.”