Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was happy to bask in what looks like a record 19th league title.
A 2-1 win over Chelsea on Sunday leaves United just one point away from the 2010-11 Premier League title and what would be a 19th league championship.
That would ensure that United eclipsed arch-rivals Liverpool’s record of 18 league titles.
“It’s fantastic to be the most successful team in the country,” he told Sky Sports 1.
“The minute we won that first title in 1992 the door opened, and we’ve been involved in the first two all throughout that period – it’s a fantastic achievement.
“For the last 17 or 18 years it’s been Arsenal and Chelsea as our nearest challengers, and the last few years it’s been Chelsea. Arsenal made a great attempt this year, but them losing today has finalised it.
“We deserve the title and hopefully we’ll get that point now.”
United now require one point from their remaining two fixtures against Blackburn and Blackpool.
“It’s a fantastic feeling,” Ferguson said. “If you had said to me at the start of the season that we would need one point from the last two games to be the champions, I would have snapped your hand off.
“We will give them [Blackburn and Blackpool] respect and we won’t under-estimate them because it would be a dangerous thing to do and we’ve come too far for that. But one point … I think we’ll get that, and it’s a fantastic achievement [overtaking Liverpool].
“I would never have believed it could happen, to be honest. But as soon as we got that first one in 1992-93, the door opened to us. Once we got that first title, we have just improved and improved. The club have taken off.”
United were 1-0 up inside the first minute thanks to Javier Hernandez and two goals ahead after 23 minutes when Nemanja Vidic headed past Petr Cech.
Frank Lampard pulled a goal back for Chelsea midway through the second half, but Ferguson’s side held on for the win and the 69-year-old was delighted with the performance.
“We could’ve scored six in the second half, but we expected a tough game and we got a tough game,” he said.
“We were brilliant – we got a great start, but Cech made some fantastic saves.
“When we gave the ball away for their goal, we were a bit nervy but the fans helped us.
“We kept making chances and (Wayne) Rooney could’ve scored six today.”