Fergie hails Fletcher display

29 August 2009 08:23
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Darren Fletcher's performance against Arsenal and insists the Manchester United midfielder was not guilty of bringing down Andrey Arshavin in the box.[LNB] Fletcher produced a bustling performance in the United engine room as the Premier League champions came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at Old Trafford.[LNB]Wayne Rooney, who drew United level from the penalty spot, was named man of the match, but Ferguson felt Fletcher was deserving of the accolade.[LNB]"I think he was outstanding," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "It was a marvellous performance.[LNB]"He always does well on these occasions, he's a big game player.[LNB]"Rooney was fantastic in the second half and got man of the match, but I would have given it to Darren Fletcher."[LNB]The Scotland international appeared fortunate not to concede a penalty following a challenge on Arshavin moments before Arsenal opened the scoring.[LNB]However, Ferguson believes Fletcher timed his tackle to perfection and backed referee Mike Dean's decision not to award a penalty.[LNB]He added: "No, I didn't think it was a penalty, Fletcher clearly got the ball.[LNB]"The referee was 10 yards away and it was never a penalty kick.[LNB]"It was a committed challenge from Darren Fletcher and if he's late it's a penalty kick, but he got the ball."[LNB]United dropped four points against the Gunners last season and Ferguson was satisfied to secure a win in the first meeting with a fellow 'big four' club.[LNB]Ferguson continued: "When you are 1-0 down at half-time, it's always an uphill task against a team of Arsenal's capabilities and we had to dig deep.[LNB]"Winning the big games is important. Last season we lost four points to Arsenal, so we've got off to a better start against the bigger teams."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports