It seems that Alex Ferguson was really pleased with his side’s performance last night at St. James’ Park as his team came back from a goal down to eventually take all 3 points with goals from Wayne Rooney and Berbatov.
Alex Ferguson – pleased with all 3 points last night
And it was a rare Edwin van der Sar goalkeeping error that had gifted an early goal to Danish International Peter Lovenkrands, after just 9 minutes, on what was a rain-soaked surface early on in the game on Tyneside.
And they could have gone even further behind as Newcastle started off like a steam train, and had the Red Devils rattled early on, but Ferguson’s side hit back to claim all three points yet again.
After 20 minutes they got a good goal out of nothing from Wayne Rooney, and Dimitar Berbatov then hit the winner in the second half, but that followed a bad mistake from Steven Taylor at right back for the Magpies.
Ferguson admitted it had not been a straightforward win and said after the game:
“We had a hard time in the first 20 minutes and they could have been two up before we’d really even got started.”
“They were very aggressive with their tackling and they put a lot of hard work into their game.”
“Edwin was very disappointed with their goal. The ball came up off the ground a little awkwardly, but he knows it was a mistake.”
“But if you’re going to make a mistake it’s best to do it in games you win and Edwin was certainly pleased we ended up winning the match.”
“Overall, it was a big victory for us considering we got off to such a bad start and had to come from behind. It’s not easy to do that here especially against a team as determined as Newcastle were.”
“You could say there was pressure on us because Liverpool and Chelsea both won on Tuesday night. But we’ve faced this challenge for years.”
“It’s down to trusting your players and having the ability to win matches and we had to do that against Newcastle. Being 1-0 down away from home isn’t easy, but we came back to win thanks to a very gritty performance.”
Alex is right there, because most teams look forward to playing Manchester United, and they have often had to face a side like Newcastle, who seemed to play at their very best form, especially in the first half last night, which was terrific to watch.
But Ferguson has his United side well grounded in the basics of course, and they continually grind out results, game in game out, just like they eventually did last night, at a packed full St. James’ Park.