Even on their way to the title, Ferguson's team have had to face the criticism that they lack the quality of United teams of the recent past.
But their manager said: "It's dead easy to say that, nostalgia plays tricks on people's minds. Put it in context, we've now got 84 points with four games left - we've never done that.
"We've won most of our games, drawn three, lost four, and the goal tonight... all the great goals we've scored over the years, from David Beckham through Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Eric Cantona, that goal has joined that. These players have joined the pedestal."