Man United 2 Newcastle 1: Ferguson heaps praise on Fletcher and Rooney
Man United 2 Newcastle 1: Sir Alex Ferguson hails Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney for their "excellent" display in a narrow win
Sir Alex Ferguson heaped praise on Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney after Manchester United secured a narrow victory over Newcastle United in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
The United manager was relying on the experienced duo to help a youthful-looking Red Devils side to progress, and Anderson opened the scoring in the 44th minute with a superb solo strike.
Tom Cleverley, who recently endured a nightmare display in England’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine, was in more clinical mood against the Magpies, and stroked a delightful shot past Rob Elliot to put United in control.
Newcastle substitute Papiss Cisse’s 62nd-minute header ensured the home side could not afford to coast through the final half-an-hour, but Ferguson was delighted to reach the fourth-round, with United set to face Chelsea.
“I’m very pleased. First of all to win a tie that was an all-Premier League clash,” said Ferguson.
“Newcastle were probably stronger than us physically but we played some fantastic football and I’m really pleased at that. I think we deserved to win.
“The both of them [Fletcher and Rooney] were excellent. Wayne obviously tired a little towards the end but that was to be expected.
He added: “Anderson’s goal was a great strike, and the second goal was a great piece of football and Tom’s side-foot puts the ball home. It was a really good performance. I was pleased.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted he was bitterly disappointed to be eliminated from the competition after a plucky performance from the Magpies.
“I was desperate to win. We made the conscious decision to have a go and it left us a little open at times,” said Pardew.
“It was a really good game and we perhaps deserved a little more than we got.
“I’m really pleased for the players but disappointed for the club.”