Alex Ferguson hails Wayne Rooney & Darren Fletcher

Updated: Sep 27, 2012, 10:12 AM IST

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher after the pair returned from injury to feature in Wednesday night`s League Cup win over Newcastle.

The England forward was making his first appearance since sustaining a serious leg gash during a Premier League win over Fulham in August.

Meanwhile, Fletcher captained the Red Devils in his first start since November, after taking a prolonged break to treat a bowel condition.

Sir Alex told Sky Sports: "Fletcher and Rooney were both excellent. Wayne tired a bit towards the end but that was to be expected and they have done really well.

"I`m very pleased first of all to win an all-Premier League division tie and then because Newcastle had a stronger team than us physically but we played some fantastic football and I think we deserved the victory.

"We want to progress as far as we can in the competition and we`ll do our best to do that. Winning is always important at this club."

The Scot also had kind words for a young United back four which included the likes of England Under-19 international Michael Keane.

He added: "The young defenders did their best. It was obviously difficult as [Shola] Ameobi is a big lad, a handful.

"Then they brought [Papiss] Cisse on, who is one of the best players at the club and has a lot of experience. It was a compliment to us that they did that and I think we handled it quite well."