Man United 2 Everton 0: We must keep winning despite Citizens slump – SAF
Man United 2 Everton 0: Sir Alex Ferguson still wants to win each of his side's remaining games despite leading the Citizens by 12 points
Sir Alex Ferguson says Manchester United must still win their remaining games regardless of Manchester City’s recent slump after edging past Everton at Old Trafford.
United veteran Ryan Giggs scored his first Premier League goal of the season in the 13th minute, with the midfielder finishing from close range after good work from Robin van Persie.
The Netherlands international netted his 23rd in all competitions on the stroke of half-time despite Tim Howard’s desperate efforts to deny the striker, with the Red Devils holding on for the win to move 12 points clear of second-place Manchester City.
“We’ve got to win our games regardless of what happens with City and if we concentrate on our own games we’ll be okay,” Ferguson told BBC Sport.
“I was going to make about seven changes to the game but when I saw yesterday’s result I changed that because we knew if we got a result it would put us in a fantastic position.”
United allowed a two-goal lead to slip in the final 10 minutes of a 4-4 draw with Everton last season, and Ferguson was delighted his men showed great mental strength to see out the win at Old Trafford.
“I thought they dominated for 20 minutes and they did a couple of new things. They’ve got great delivery from corner kicks with Baines but I thought we were really in control,” he added.
“You have to remember your bad experiences and that was one last year. We showed a steely determination this time.”