Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v West Ham

Saturday, 27 September 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The King Power Stadium

Last Game

Leicester 5 - 3 Man Utd

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Ferguson hails centre-back duo

Sir Alex Ferguson picked out centre-backs Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for praise after Manchester United's 1-0 win over West Ham in their FA Cup third round replay.

Last Updated: 17/01/13 at 11:16 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Made good case for his defence

Sir Alex Ferguson: Made good case for his defence

Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game as United booked a fourth round tie at home to Fulham.

But United did not have it all their own way, and the back-four, with Jones and Smalling at its heart, were given a bruising evening by the visitors, with the likes of Carlton Cole, Ricardo Vaz Te and Kevin Nolan throwing their weight around.

"Jones and Smalling were fantastic, absolutely brilliant," Ferguson told MUTV.

"The two of them were absolutely marvellous and I couldn't be more pleased.

"They have been injured for a while and needed games, so today would only help them.

"We have several other players who needed a game like Nani, Wayne Rooney, Anderson and Nicolas Buttner. So we had six players who had a run-out at a crucial time of the season with Real Madrid coming up and Tottenham on Sunday, so that is good news for us tonight.

"We missed a lot of chances tonight really and we played some good football at times.

"The 15 minute period after half-time was the hardest for us because they just knocked that ball into the box, there were so many bodies all shoving all over the place.

"You really have to handle that and thankfully our two centre-halves were absolutely magnificent in how they dealt with it.

"t was a physical contest to be under and you have to stand up to it."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Championship: Cardiff refused permission to speak to Leyton Orient's Russell Slade

Leyton Orient have refused Cardiff permission to speak to Russell Slade regarding their vacant manager’s role.

Wigan v Ipswich Live

Live coverage of Wigan v Ipswich from the Championship as well as news and latest build-up to the Ryder Cup.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property