London: Alex Ferguson will lead Manchester United into the Premier League season facing arguably his biggest threat after 20 years of supremacy in English football — crosstown rival Manchester City.
Man United was two minutes away from having its name engraved on the Premier League trophy for the 13th time last season before City miraculously scored twice in added time against Queens Park Rangers to win the title on goal difference.
"It's a cruel way (to lose the title)," Ferguson said at the time. "We've experienced many ups and downs in the 25 years I've been here. Most of them have been great — we've won the title three times on the last day. Today we nearly did it."