Title showdown

Ferguson: It's not all about money

April 24, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected the theory that next Monday's Manchester derby represents a collision between passion and money.

Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini
GettyImagesSir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are going head-to-head for the title

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After looking to have their 20th Premier League title sewn up a fortnight ago, Manchester United will head to the Etihad Stadium knowing they must avoid defeat if they are not to surrender top spot to rivals City.

It promises to be an absorbing encounter, and far more than a suggested battle between the established elite and City's nouveaux riche excesses.

"That's not really accurate," Ferguson told RMC Sport. "I don't agree with that. It's true City became rich in a pretty incredible way, but it's not the fact there is a new owner and new ambitions which necessarily change things.

"The difference is perhaps that we're trying to build with youth."

United threw away a two-goal advantage during their last Premier League outing against Everton to draw 4-4 at home, and City fully capitalised on that slip-up as they cruised to a 2-0 scalp of Wolves to set up a tense season finale.