Man Utd boss takes swipe at Man City

Fergie has hailed Richard Dunne, who joined Aston Villa from City, has the ‘buy of the season’.

United face Villa in the Carling Cup Final on Sunday.

Ferguson, speaking in the official match programme, said: “Martin has done a good job in a quiet way without spending a great deal.

“He has bought very wisely and signing Dunne is the buy of the season. £5m for him was outstanding business. Martin has done a terrific job. They are a professional, organised team and they have improved with the addition of Richard Dunne and James Collins.”

Ferguson added: “These finals help explain to my players exactly why they are at Manchester United and what this club is all about – winning trophies.

“We look upon every trophy a young player wins as vital experience.”