Fergie: City won’t stop spending

The Eastlands outfit have invested vast sums in an attempt to bring

success ever since Sheikh Mansour completed his takeover of the

club in the summer of 2008. And while their star-studded squad is

the envy of many in the Premier League, both Mark Hughes and

Roberto Mancini have, as yet, been unable to secure any tangible

reward despite the massive outlay. The last piece of major

silverware lifted by the blue half of Manchester was the 1976

League Cup, a fact which United supporters take great delight in

reminding their rivals of, particularly with one famous banner at

Old Trafford. United make the trip across Manchester to Eastlands

on Wednesday evening trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by two

points after an unconvincing but unbeaten season, with Mancini’s

men three further back having snapped a two-game losing run. And

while Ferguson believes having their neighbours in the title race

adds greater spice to an already fiery fixture, he feels that the

thirst for success may add to the pressure on City’s shoulders.

“[City’s good start this season] does put an edge on [the game],”

the Reds boss told Inside United. “I don’t believe there’s any

question about that. “We know the kind of money they’re spending –

they’ve bought another five or six players in the summer – and

they’ll keep doing that until they win something. “You know that’s

going to be the way it is and you have to deal with it as it comes

along. “They’re up there [challenging for the title], and you can’t

wait until tomorrow when there’s something there today. I’m sure

they’re thinking that way themselves.”