Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims Manchester City's Italian style has suited them as they are on the verge of winning the first Premier League title in 44 years.
The Citizens have recovered from United's eight-point lead after beating their bitter neighbours at the Etihad following the Red Devils' disappointing 4-4 home draw to Everton. With the Blues having secured a 0-2 triumph at Newcastle, they now depend on no one but themselves against relegation-threatened QPR on the final day.
“In the end we just ran out of time. Mancini made changes to five at the back. It is the Italian mentality and maybe sometimes we should go down that road,” Sir Alex told The Sun.
“We certainly could have done with bottling up the game against Everton. If we had done a fraction of what City did then I would probably be saying quite a different thing.”
However, the 70 year-old insists a defensive game is not on his team's nature and reminds the success United have enjoyed over the years.
“It is not in our nature to put up the shutters and I like to think that it is our natural attacking, adventurous approach that has made United famous. On balance it is also a policy that has served us well in terms of trophies. But if we lose the league this year, there is no doubt that the pivotal match was the 4-4 draw (against the Toffees).”
“It wasn't so much losing, you never win them all, but conceding the rush of goals near the end. We are paying for that now with City holding the advantage.”