RvP doing fine, says Ferguson
Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez - all three of whom started in Cluj - and Danny Welbeck, a substitute in Romania. England forward Rooney, who returned to action from a badly-gashed leg last week, played deeper than the leading frontman Hernandez in a difficult game in which United need to come from behind. Ferguson said: "In the last couple of years he has played that position a lot. "We tried to avoid the counter-attack as much as we could. Their goal was from a counter-attack. "We saw that and the difficulties they created and we tried to force them onto us so we could counter-attack. "It didn't quite work like that but, with Chicharito occupying the two main central defenders, it gave a bit more space for Rooney and Van Persie." As well as pondering his own forward permutations, Ferguson must contend with Newcastle's dangerous strikers as United travel to the Sports Direct Arena on Sunday. Demba Ba has six goals to his name this season while Papiss Cisse, who scored 13 last season after joining the Magpies in January, has emerged from a barren run with two in three games. "Both have good scoring records," Ferguson said. "They rested Ba on Thursday (their 3-0 Europa League win over Bordeaux) and played (Shola) Ameobi. "I don't know what the combination will be. There is talk about including Ameobi in the team for Sunday. But, either or - Ba and Ameobi are strong, aggressive players and Cisse has scored some fantastic goals for them. "We are aware of their strengths and (Hatem) Ben Arfa from midfield is an excellent player." United beat Newcastle 2-1 when the sides met in the Capital One Cup last month but both managers fielded much-changed sides and that encounter is unlikely to have any bearing on this weekend's. One thing puzzling Ferguson is why his team keep falling behind, the Cluj game being the sixth occasion this has happened this term. He said: "I can't give you an answer. It is not as if we haven't addressed it. "We started well the other night but from their first attack we were 1-0 down. "That was the strength of their game. It was brilliant movement. It was hard to blame somebody." Ferguson has noted that more teams - particularly in Europe - now excel in an area where his teams have always been strong - the counter-attack. He said: "I think the game has changed. The counter-attack in the Champions League has changed dramatically. "Twenty years ago you maybe counter-attacked with one or two players. Now they are flooding forward in fours or fives. "And there is always an attraction to shove four and five bodies in the box for a corner. Every team that has a corner sees it as an advantage. I don't know whether it is an advantage sometimes."