Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson felt his side came through a stern test at Everton. The champions were not at their best but did enough to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after last week’s mauling by Manchester City.
Ferguson told TV reporters:
“It was a hard game and we expected that because every time you come to Everton the crowd get behind them and show great enthusiasm. But in the main, in the first half particularly, we did very well and in the second half we defended well and that was the pleasing aspect for me, winning 1-0. We decided to play Park (Ji-sung) in a wide position and he did very well for us but we still created the best chances in the game – Park the very first minute. Everton put in a lot of crosses but we managed to get them away and (David) De Gea didn’t have much to do really.”
Everton went close in the first half when Leighton Baines hit the bar from a free-kick while a powerful shot from Jack Rodwell hit De Gea on the head as he attempted to save.
“They were unlucky to hit the bar maybe. We were a bit lucky with that one, it was a fantastic free-kick” Ferguson added. “We rode our luck with that one but we battled in the second half and got the result we wanted.”
Ferguson has been frustrated with the amount of chances his team are allowing their opponents and accepts they need to tighten up to maintain hope of defending their title. He felt this performance went some way towards that.
“The fact that there have been so many chances against us recently – we had to reduce that if we are going to win the league. We have to reduce those types of chances against us and today we didn’t have any problems.”