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Tuesday, 30 November, 1999, 16:02 GMT
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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits winning the world championship does not come close to his side's last-gasp triumph in the Champions League.

Ferguson's side became the first British club ever to win the Toyota Intercontinental Cup following their 1-0 win over South American champions Palmeiras.

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"I'm very pleased to win the world championship and to become the first English team to win it," he said.

"The world championship is very special, and I'm very proud of what my players have done.

"But you've got to win the European Cup firstly to get here, and no matter how you place this the European Cup is always going to be the golden goose for us.

"It got us here tonight by winning it, and we've come here and won again which makes us very proud."

This makes us world champions - and we are proud of that
Sir Alex Ferguson
Ryan Giggs, who won a Toyota car after being voted man of the match, said he was surprised when his match-winning cross beat keeper Marcos.

"The balls have been flying about in training and they definitely seem to be a lot lighter," he said.

"I didn't know if it would beat the goalkeeper when I first crossed it and I thought he would reach it - so I was surprised when it went over him and Keano got on the end of it."

United had to withstand a prolonged Palmeiras assualt after Keane side-footed home Giggs' 35th minute cross.

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Only the brilliance of keeper Mark Bosnich denied the South Americans and the Australian must have gone a long way to finally staking his claim to the No 1 spot at Old Trafford.

Ferguson claimed his side's determined display proved they had taken the inter-continental match seriously.

"We wanted really badly to win the world championship," said the Old Trafford boss.

"We wanted to win firstly because no British team had won it and secondly because it makes us world champions - and we are proud of that."

Palmeiras coach Luiz Felipe Scolari also lost the Toyota Cup with Gremio in 1995 but felt his players had given their all.

"We learnt once again that Manchester United are a great and a tough team who can fight," he said.

"We had a lot of goalscoring opportunities but we didn't take them.

"But as a coach I have to be satisfied with my team's performance.

"Congratulations to Manchester United, and maybe it will be my turn next time."

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