Man United 4 Newcastle 3: It was a real championship display, says Ferguson
Man United 4 Newcastle 3: Sir Alex Ferguson feels the Red Devils made a real statement with their thrilling victory over the Magpies
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United produced a “real championship performance” after coming from behind three times to beat Newcastle at Old Trafford and move seven points clear at the top of the table.
James Perch gave the Magpies an early lead when he finished from close range after David De Gea failed to push his save from Papiss Cisse to safety.
United defender Jonny Evans scored from a corner to level the match but the Northern Irish defender then scored an own goal moments later to leave Newcastle leading at half-time.
Patrice Evra’s low drive beat Tim Krul in the 58th minute but the bedlam continued as Cisse’s stunning strike put Alan Pardew’s men ahead again with 22 minutes remaining.
But the Magpies could not hold on and late strikes from Robin van Persie and Javier Hernández helped the Red Devils to edge past their opponents and secure three vital points.
“December is always a big month,” Ferguson told BBC Sport.
“We dropped two points at Swansea but me made up for it today. It was a real championship performance.”
Ferguson also revealed why Wayne Rooney was not included in his squad for Wednesday’s clash. He said: “Rooney has done a ligament at the back of his knee and he will be out for two or three weeks. We are running out of ammunition.”
On Newcastle’s second goal, Ferguson added: “I thought it was a bad decision for the own goal.
“If you see it again he’s offside he’s also grabbed Jonny Evans on the arm and if that’s not interference what is interference?”