Balotelli who earlier on Saturday made the news for setting his house on fire, was literally on fire for the blues as he scored 2 goals that helped Roberto Mancini’s side move 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
The loss was only made worse for Sir Alex Ferguson and his side as he was looking to continue the amazing home ground record which has seen the team fail to lose at the Old Trafford for more than a year.
In Alex Ferguson’s own words, ‘it was the worst ever day in football’. Going into to the match, United seemed unstoppable in the league. In fact, the worst possible result many people had envisioned was a draw.
Yesterday’s result was the first time United had conceded six goals at home since the 1930s and marked United’s worst ever home defeat in 56 years! Ironically, it was there city rivals who back in 1955 beat them 5-0 in the league.
Speaking to Sky Sports Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that the loss was one of his worst.
“It was a bad day, our worst ever day,” Ferguson said. “But we’ll come back from that, that is the challenge.
“The thing that concerned me the most was the goals, for and against. The difference was 10 goals, so that was a big blow for us because you never know if goal difference will count.
“Most years it’s in our favour, but at the moment it’s not.”
So City are definitely the team to beat this season especially after Chelsea failed to take the golden opportunity to move into second place after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.
However, Sir Alex Ferguson still believes that United will recover from this latest setback and stamp their authority in the league.
“We will react. There is no question about that. It’s the perfect result for us to react to because there is a lot of embarrassment in the dressing room today and that will make an impact.
“I feel disappointed. It’s my worst defeat in history, even as a player, I don’t think I’ve ever lost a game 6-1, but that’s a challenge for me too.
“They have all got to play each other obviously, but the second half of the season is usually very important for us.”
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