Back in April 2013, City reduced United's lead at the top of the Premier League ladder to 12 points with an impressive 1-0 win against their local rivals.
Sergio Aguero bagged the winner with 12 minutes left on the clock at Old Trafford but of course, United eventually went on to win the title as Ferguson retired having won the league for the 13th time.
Despite being 12 points clear in the title race after that defeat against Roberto Mancini's side, Ferguson was typically unhappy with the result.
And his mood didn't improve the following day when he found out that two United players were spotted partying in the hours after Aguero's late winner.
"In my first season, we were 15 points ahead in the league, and we welcomed Manchester City to win the title,” the Dutchman said
“If we won this match, it was 18 points ahead, but we had lost. This still left us 12 points ahead, most managers would not have dramatised the situation. The boss, on the other hand, he went up in the turns. It was really hot.
“Two guys from the team were out after this loss. The day after the match, he had pictures of the two players posted in the dressing room during their night out.
"He said to the whole team, 'Ok guys if we don't win the championship, know that it's because of those two a**holes that chose to go out."
Van Persie continued, saying: "Yeah, I have the names, but I really can't give them. It was incredible, he had pasted lots of photos, we had limited the evening of the two players hour by hour: 2am, 3am, 4am, as if to emphasise the extent of their bulls**t.
"He didn't stop there, he warned us all: 'Guys, listen well if we don't win the championship, it's because these two have decided to go out to have fun. From now on, if I see a player come out before the trophy is lifted, that player is out.'
"He was ruthless. 'I don't care about who you are, how many trophies you've won so far. If you go out before the end of the season, you leave the team and I'll sell you.' After that speech, we went to train, and it was the two hardest workouts of my life. Twelve points ahead and that's his reaction.”
If you didn't meet the high standards set by Ferguson, then you'd be in trouble. Big trouble.
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