Meanwhile, James Milner, probably the best English player at the World Cup, finally walked into Manchester City and vowed: I'm here to win the title.
Milner's drawn-out £24million switch from Aston Villa prompted a blast from Alex Ferguson, who criticised City's "kamikaze" spending.
But Eastlands boss Roberto Mancini used the unveiling of the winger to hit back at United.
He said: "I think all the other teams have spent a lot of money in the past. I don't mean 15 years ago but in the last one, two or three years.
"It is not important for me (what Ferguson says).
"But I repeat that Manchester United, like Manchester City, have spent a lot of money in the past."
Milner, 24, did not sign in time to join his new team-mates on their Europa League trip to Romania but set his sights firmly on the Premier League.
He said: "It didn't take too much selling by the boss when you see the players who are already here.
"The last thing he said to me was 'be ready to win the Premier League'.
"That's my ultimate aim - that's why I'm here."