Manchester: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for one more twist in the Premier League title race, and has called on former player and QPR manager Mark Hughes to do him a favour by halting Manchester City's championship charge. Roberto Mancini's side go into the final day of the season ahead of their rivals on goal difference at the top of the table, knowing that victory over the QPR would guarantee them their first league triumph in 44 years.
However, Sir Alex has not given up hope that United can claim their 20th title, as he prepares for their trip to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland. "We can only do our best and try to win the match and hope something stupid happens with City," the Scot told reporters.
"It's fantastic for the neutral, fantastic for the media, but agony for both clubs." Sir Alex harked back to the time he guided Aberdeen to European Cup Winners’ Cup success against Real Madrid and urged QPR to match the resolve shown in 1983 to beat City.
"Eleven players, home-bred and the oldest player was 27 years of age. That's QPR's challenge, to do an Aberdeen," he continued. "Of course, the odds are stacked against them. City are in good form and at home. It will not be easy for them because the pressure on them will be enormous, the fans will be putting the referee under tremendous pressure.
"It's not going to be easy because you expect City to win. But, as long as human beings are human beings, you never know. You just hope something stupid happens."
"For QPR, it's the other end of the spectrum, probably most of their players will be put on the [transfer] list, other players' salaries will be halved from what I can gather. Things like that. "That makes it such an important game. But it doesn't matter if we don't win."