Fergie now respects City – RM

City edged past United in the recent FA Cup semi-finals and now

stand on the verge of claiming their first trophy in 35 years.

During Ferguson’s 25-year tenure in charge at Old Trafford, he has

highlighted Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea as their greatest

rivals. The rivalry between the two Manchester clubs was heightened

when Carlos Tevez was poached by City from their neighbours, which

City fans celebrated deliriously. Their reaction prompted some

cutting remarks from Ferguson but Mancini feels their recent cup

win will force the Scotsman to change his opinion of them. “Sir

Alex Ferguson offered me his congratulations after the game at

Wembley and that was very important and kind,” said the Manchester

City chief. “He now knows that we are a big club because he is a

very clever man. He understands football very well. He knows that

Manchester City has changed a lot over the last year. “I don’t know

what he has said about our club in the past, but if you want to

arrive at the top there is only one way – and that is to work very

hard. “The only way that you can change the mentality of a club is

to win and that means working hard over a long period of time. “It

is impossible to bring a winning mentality to a club in one month

or even six months. Of course, we need to work even more but we are

getting better – and he knows that.”