Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 5/10/13
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims it has been an honor to compete against Sir Alex Ferguson - the best manager of his generation - over the past three years. Mancini's arrival at the Etihad Stadium in December 2009 has coincided with a resurgence in the rivalry between City and Ferguson's Manchester United at the top of the Barclays Premier League . City memorably beat United in the 2011 FA Cup semi-finals and then pipped them to the Premier League title in dramatic circumstances last year, a season in which they also thrashed their neighbors 6-1 at Old Trafford. United have reasserted themselves by reclaiming their league crown in emphatic fashion this season, an achievement which has proved Ferguson's final act as United boss with the Scot now stepping down after more than 26 successful years. Mancini said: "For me, it has been a great honor and pleasure to compete against Sir Alex for three years. "It was a great honor to beat him in Old Trafford and I wish him ...
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