Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed his team for securing victory in a Premier League match played against Fulham on Yesterday at the Craven Cottage Stadium. Manchester United defeated Fulham by 1-0 in that match. Wayne Rooney was the one who scored the only goal of the match in the 79th minute.
With the help of this victory, United has now had 62 points in 25 matches which is 10 more than Manchester City. However, City has played only 24 matches so far and it will take on Liverpool today.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Ferguson said, “I am really satisfied with the way boys played today. Fulham is not an easy team to beat on its home ground. They have a fantastic record at this venue and most of the opposing teams have struggled here. Today also, they gave us a tough fight. But, we battled hard and came out victorious at the end.”
“Now, we have got a 10-point lead which is great. I am very happy about it.”
“Our defense has been under the scanner in this season, but, today, the defenders were the real heroes. They performed really well today.
When asked about the performance of Jonny Evans who made a comeback after recovering from injury, Ferguson said, “He looked untroubled on the pitch which means that he has got rid of the hamstring problem completely. He contributed today by setting up a goal which would have boosted his confidence.”
“Overall, I am very happy with how things went today. But, again, I want to say that there is no room for complacency at this stage. We need to continue playing like this in all the upcoming matches.”
Manchester United’s next match will be a Premier League encounter against Everton at Old Trafford on 10th of February.
League leaders Manchester United travel to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, keen to make amends for their defeat in the reverse fixture back in September.
The hosts are unbeaten in seven games, and could tighten their grip on a Champions League qualification place if they extend that run here.
Scott Parker is likely to start in place of Sandro, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with after surgery on his knee, while Emmanuel Adebayor is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Jermaine Defoe is widely available at 7.5 (13/2) to get the first goal of the game, while Gareth Bale is a 9.0 (8/1) with Stan James.
Spurs are 3.1 (21/10) with Stan James for the win, with United favourites at 2.5 (6/4) with several firms. The draw is 3.6 (13/5).
The visitors kept their seven point advantage at the top of the division after beating Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford last Sunday.
The result took Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to 55 points from 22 games; their best ever start to a top flight season.
Ashley Young and Jonny Evans will both miss the game through injury, whilst Darren Fletcher has been ruled out for the rest of the season following surgery.
Robin Van Persie is the division’s top scorer with seventeen goals, and is priced at 5.0 (4/1) to add to that tally with the first goal of the game whilst Wayne Rooney, who made a goal scoring return in the FA Cup Third Round replay on Wednesday is available at 6.5 (11/2).
The former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish praised the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by saying that he is a true genius. Even though there have been a lot of reports and interviews about his management style, the Scotsman has said that people only know only the tip of an iceberg when it comes to Ferguson. Ferguson has spent the last 26 years managing Manchester United, during which time he has managed to make that club incredibly successful in English football and in Europe. At 70 years of age, he is widely expected to retire in the next few seasons.
Alex McLeish has pointed out to the incredible detailing put in by the manager Sir Alex Ferguson in every aspect of the club. At Manchester United, Ferguson not only oversees the tactical and coaching aspects of the team, but also the transfer policy and the youth team setup as well. As a result, he has been able to be incredibly successful by not only having youth teams success, but also success in the form of players being brought in for a transfer fees as well. Alex McLeish is currently out of work after being sacked by Aston Villa during the summer. He has said that he is hoping to return to football management as soon as possible.
“I sincerely hope that those Harvard academics who worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson realise how fortunate they have been. I can absolutely guarantee this morning that any coach worth his salt will be trying desperately to source that blueprint for success. They will not be able to replicate the genius of Sir Alex Ferguson – no matter how hard they try,” said the former Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish who used to play under Sir Alex Ferguson when he was at Aberdeen.
The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he does not want to rest until he has managed to replace Liverpool’s European record. Liverpool have the most number of European titles in English football, which currently stands at five. Liverpool have undoubtedly been one of the most successful clubs over the last five decades. It has enabled them to lift an astonishing 18 league titles, which has remained a record until it was recently broken by Manchester United. Under the guidance of Alex Ferguson, Manchester United have been able to get 19 league titles.
More than 20 years ago, Ferguson set out with the task of taking Liverpool off their perch in the league title stakes. Now, he has achieved the same, but he is now targeting the prospect of overtaking Liverpool when it comes to the European cups as well. Even with all the success Manchester United have enjoyed in the last 20 years, they have been able to have only three European cups to their name. Sir Alex Ferguson has been responsible for two of them. Now, he has said that he will be looking to get the next two titles as soon as possible. United have come close in the last four seasons by being the runners up twice.
“In terms of the history of our club, we should have won more and I want to win it again and get into the bracket of winners like Liverpool, our biggest rivals, Bayern Munich and Ajax. AC Milan and Real Madrid have got separated from the rest but that definitely drives me on a bit. I get really frustrated when I think about the opportunities we have had to win it, but you can’t be greedy,” said Ferguson when asked about the question of retirement.
Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Paul Scholes for his inspirational performance in the match against Wigan Athletics. Scholes scored a goal against Wigan and helped his team achieve an easy victory. The match against Wigan was Scholes’ 700th match for United. He is one of the most experienced players of the club. He had joined the club way back in 1993 and he has been an integral part of the United team since then. With the victory over Wigan, United has moved up to the second position in the Premier League table. Alex Ferguson’s team is not too far behind Chelsea which is at the top of the table.
The United players didn’t manage to find the net in the first half, but, in the second half, they were on fire. All the four goals were scored in the second half. Scholes opened the scoring for United in the 6th minute of the second half. Nani gave a powerful cross to Carrick who passed the ball to Nani again. Nani played a flat shot towards the goal post, but, the Wigan goalkeeper, Al-Habsi, blocked his shot. Scholes got the ball on rebound and he didn’t make any mistake in deflecting it past Al-Habsi.
United’s lead was doubled by Chicharito in the 63rd minute. The goal was set up by Alexander Buttner who made Chicharito’s work easy by giving him a perfect cross. Chicharito only had to give it a finishing touch which he did superbly. Just a few minutes later, Buttner scored the third goal for United with an angular shot. After that, it was a tough task for the Wigan players to comeback in the match. Nick Powell put the final nail in the coffin by finding the net from a distance of 20 yards in the 82nd minute. Sir Alex Ferguson would have been overjoyed with the attitude of their players on the field. United will play its next match against Galatasaray on 19th of September.
Alexander Buttner has signed for Manchester United. The manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, has confirmed the signing of Buttner. The Dutch defender has joined the club on a contract of 5 years. United has bought him from Vitesse after paying a contract fee of 3.9 million pounds. Ferguson said that Buttner is a fantastic left back and his inclusion has strengthened the defense of United.
Buttner had been playing for Vitesse since the last 4 years. He had joined the club in 2008. In the last 4 seasons, Buttner has been one of the most consistent players of Vitesse. His first goal for Vitesse was against Volendam in the 2008-09 season. Due to his consistent performances for the Dutch club, Buttner was included in the Netherlands national team for Euro Cup 2012. In July 2012, Buttner was on the verge of signing for Southampton, but, due to some controversy, the deal was not finalized. However, it would not be easy for Buttner to find a place in the United’s first team. United already has a left back in the form of Patrick Evra. Evra is the first choice left back of Alex Ferguson and Buttner has been included in the team as Evra’s cover.
After signing for Manchester United, Buttner said that it had been his dream to play for Manchester United. It is one of the oldest clubs in the world and he is very excited to play for United in this season. As per Buttner, there are some great players in the Manchester United team and it would be an honour for him to play with such great payers. He can’t wait to make his debut for United. On being asked about his targets in the ongoing season, Buttner said that he is not expecting to get many opportunities to play in this season. But, whenever he goes on to the field, he would try to give his best for the team.