Ferguson happy with narrow victory

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 14:41

Manchester: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was happy enough with his side’s performance in the 1-0 win over Besiktas on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils overcame a volatile atmosphere in Istanbul to pick up three points thanks to a late Paul Scholes header.

Speaking after the match, Ferguson said he was pleased with the display.

“Being the first game you always want to win, but I was also quite comfortable with the performance, we had good possession and were the better team, keeping our concentration well in what was a fantastic atmosphere," he stated.

“It was a test of our nerve and I think we’ve done OK. We had a little bit more urgency in the second half.”

“We started the second half very well when we almost scored in the first attack, which gave us a lot of impetus to go on.”

The Scot then spoke out in praise of Scholes and Antonio Valencia as well as substitutes Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, who helped to change the game in United’s favour when they switched to a 4-4-2 system in the last 25 minutes.

He continued: “When we get into goal-scoring positions we need as many players as possible up supporting it and Paul over the years has been fantastic for us and that is a very important goal for us.”

“Valencia had the winning of the game for us I thought. He got to the by-line a number of times and although his final ball could’ve been a little bit better, they [Besiktas] were under threat.”

“Berbatov and Owen came on as a partnership I thought they did very well.”


First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 14:41

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