United’s 5-0 win not only extended their lead over City, it also cut deep into City’s goal difference advantage, which now stands at just three. Roberto Mancini’s men now play twice before United are in action again, following up Wednesday’s encounter with resurgent Chelsea before visiting Stoke next Saturday.
“They (City) have a big game on Wednesday of course,” said Ferguson. “Chelsea are back to form so it will be really interesting. The important thing was for us to do our job.
“There are nine games left and we have to keep whittling them down. Eventually the games run out and hopefully we will achieve what we want.”
The United boss heaped praise on Valencia, who was somehow overlooked for the man-of-the-match prize in favour of Wayne Rooney. Valencia had been in outstanding form before suffering a hamstring injury against Ajax last month and he appears to have picked up where he left off.
“He could be very important,” said Ferguson. “His form before he got the injury was outstanding. “Now he is back we hope he stays back fit. He is such an honest, hard working player.
“You get two sides to Antonio. He is prepared to work really hard. He can tackle, he can run, but he can also beat a man. He has got everything really.”
Ferguson could have a joke at Evans’ expense after the Northern Ireland international finally broke his duck on his 118th senior appearance – although he did net for Sunderland during a loan spell with the Wearside club in 2007.
“He has waited 14 years for that goal,” said the Scot. “I don’t think he even scored in the academy. But at this point in the season you don’t care who scores.”