Tottenham 1 Man United 3: Sir Alex thrilled with ‘massive’ result

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits his side got "lucky" after they clinched a vital victory at Tottenham on Sunday

Premier League, 4 March 2012, White Hart Lane
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Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Manchester United’s battling performance after his side closed the gap at the top of the table back to two points with victory at Tottenham.

Wayne Rooney nodded the visitors into the lead on the stroke of half-time against the run of play, before a superb second-half brace from Ashley Young made the points secure.

Substitute Jermain Defoe netted a consolation late on but United hung on to clinch a vital victory as they continue their hunt for a 20th league title.

“Since January we’ve played all the big teams and we’ve come through,” Ferguson told Sky Sports. “Credit to the players, they’ve dug in and played well in most of the games.

“Today [the performance] was maybe a little bit disappointing but the one thing we did do was show the determination to get the result. We dug in and we defended fantastically.

“Tottenham are a very good team. You’ve got to consider how good a side they are – their home form has been absolutely fantastic. So it was a massive result and a massive performance by our defenders.”

Ferguson’s side were largely kept quiet in the first half as Tottenham dominated proceedings – and Ferguson admitted his side were fortunate to be a goal up at the break.

“We certainly carried a lot of luck today and it was a great performance by Tottenham in the first half. In the second half we improved and we pushed up. We really needed the second goal to give us confidence and after that we played very well.

“We had a bit of luck [today]. Scoring right before half-time with what was probably our first strike at goal was a killer for Tottenham.

“They were probably sitting in that dressing room wondering how they were down 1-0 because they played ever so well.”

United still trail fierce rivals City by two points – but Ferguson was quick to warn Roberto Mancini’s title hopefuls that the Red Devils’ experience of the run-in is a crucial asset.

“You can drop surprise points – and I think that will happen,” he continued. “The important thing is not to drop as many as your opponents. We’ve got experience, we won’t get nervous – we’re enjoying it.

“The battling performance today against a very good team tells us that we’re up for it.”

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