Fergie - Experience the key

08 February 2009 06:46
Sir Alex Ferguson felt the experience of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes was key to Manchester United overcoming West Ham United at Upton Park.[LNB] The reigning champions returned to the Premier League summit after a 1-0 win over the Hammers, with Scholes supplying the pass for Giggs' winning goal on 62 minutes.[LNB]Scholes spread the play to his long-serving team-mate, who jinked past two players before curling a right-footed shot beyond Robert Green.[LNB]United boss Ferguson admits Upton Park has been a tough venue in the past and that prompted his decision to start with Giggs and Scholes.[LNB]Fantastic atmosphere"We felt today, knowing that West Ham is always a difficult ground for us, that we should have the most experience we can," Ferguson told Sky Sports 1.[LNB]"Ryan and Paul Scholes have been here so many times and they know exactly what is needed here.[LNB]"Michael Carrick, Carlos Tevez and Rio Ferdinand are former players here and that also helps actually to handle the atmosphere.[LNB]"It was a fantastic atmosphere and they really get behind their team, and we've beaten a very good team today."[LNB]Edwin van der Sar set a new British league record after a 13th consecutive clean sheet and Ferguson praised the United keeper and his defence.[LNB]FocusHe added: "The clean sheets have been a topic, but it doesn't just change the emphasis on our game.[LNB]"I think today we've had some fantastic possession of the ball and the players we've got on the pitch are attackers - Cristiano, Dimitar, Carlos, Ryan and Paul Scholes, and Michael Carrick.[LNB]"What the back four have done is really focus and concentrate on their job. They've got pace and are quick and, of course, to have a goalkeeper like Edwin van der Sar is just fantastic."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports