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Manchester United will bounce back, says Sir Alex Ferguson

By Steven Beacom

Published 24/10/2011 | 10:09

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the pitch after losing 6-1 against Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the pitch after losing 6-1 against Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Mario Balotelli of Manchester City scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Gareth Barry of Manchester City is sent flying by the challenge of Patrice Evra of Manchester United looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini gives instructions to Mario Balotelli during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a yellow card to Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Avram Glazer and Bryan Glazer (R) look on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini gives instructions to Mario Balotelli during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Darren Fletcher of Manchester United is challenged by Micah Richards of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Darren Fletcher of Manchester United is challenged by Micah Richards of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Gael Clichy of Manchester City competes with Nani of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Mario Balotelli of Manchester City is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Mario Balotelli of Manchester City is congratulated by team mates David Silva and Sergio Aguero (R) after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United competes with Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is challenged by Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is challenged by Vincent Kompany of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: General View prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Patrice Evra of Manchester United looks dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal with team mates James Milner (L) and Mario Balotelli during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Fourth Official Howard Webb holds up a board showing injury time during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a red card to Jonny Evans of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Referee Mark Clattenburg gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Referee Mark Clattenburg shows a red card to Jonny Evans of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford on October 23, 2011 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Sir Alex Ferguson today came out fighting after the ‘worst experience’ of his long and illustrious career.

Manchester United manager Ferguson was stunned after derby rivals Manchester City hammered and humiliated his side 6-1 at Old Trafford yesterday.

Mario Balotelli and substitute Edin Dzeko both struck twice with Sergio Aguero (pictured) and the outstanding David Silva completing the embarrassment as City ran riot at the home of their fiercest rivals.

On a wretched afternoon for United, Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans was red carded early in the second half when his side trailed by a single goal.

He will faces suspension and another fight to regain his place after his latest nightmare.

The outcome could have been even worse for United.

City created a hatful of other chances, but their joyous fans, in the shadow of their Red Devil counterparts for decades, deliriously settled for a tennis score rather than a cricket score.

The astonishing victory took City five points clear of United at the top of the Premier League table and made Roberto Mancini’s men odds on favourites for the title.

There is a long way to go yet, but this result adds to the growing evidence that a shift of power in Manchester and English football is on the way.

Mancini tried to play down his side’s success, but Ferguson cut straight to the chase admitting: “It was our worst ever day. It’s the worst result in my history, ever. Even as a player, I don’t think I ever lost 6-1.”

Ferguson stated that the horrendous defeat set a challenge for himself and his players, bullishly adding that they will be up to it.

“We'll come back,” he said. “By January we'll be okay. We usually get the show on the road in the second half of the season and that will have to be the case.

“We've played all the teams around us and they have all to play each other so the second half of the season is important to us now.

“We will react, no question about that. It's a perfect result for us to react to because there is a lot of embarassment in the dressing room and that will make an impact.”

Cool and collected Mancini said: “It was important to beat such a fantastic team, but in the end it is three points. We don't take six points for this game.”

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