Young guns impress Fergie

15 February 2009 09:26
Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for his young Manchester United side after their emphatic victory over Derby on Sunday.[LNB] The Red Devils eased to a 4-1 victory at Pride Park in the fifth round of the FA Cup.[LNB]United claimed the comfortable success courtesy of goals from Nani, Darron Gibson, Cristiano Ronaldo and Danny Welbeck.[LNB]Ferguson was delighted at the comprehensive nature of his side's performance and was particularly pleased with those who currently sit on the fringes of his first-team squad.[LNB]"We applied ourselves very well," the Scottish coach told MUTV.[LNB]"The players had a good attitude, they all wanted to play and that made the pace of the game really quick. I was very pleased.[LNB]"Nani's goal was marvellous and came at a good time for us, but he's capable of doing that.[LNB]"Danny is a natural finisher and his goals to games ratio is very good. He's only 18 but he's improving all the time."[LNB]The result could have been even more commanding were it not for a debateable first-half decision to rule out a Ronaldo effort.[LNB]ConfusionThe Portuguese superstar saw a composed finish chalked off by a very late offside flag, with Ferguson left aghast by the reasons given by the match officials for the considerable delay.[LNB]"The linesman created his own confusion because he went so long, until after the goal had been scored, to say it was offside," said Ferguson.[LNB]"He said he was waiting to find out whether Ryan (Giggs) had touched it. Nevertheless, Ronaldo was still in an offside position.[LNB]"I have no complaints about the actual decision. It was the fact he waited so long. I did not understand the explanation."[LNB]Ferguson was, however, more complimentary towards 21-year-old Gibson, with the youngster having played his way into his manager's thoughts for the Carling Cup final against Tottenham on 1st March.[LNB]"Darron did really well," said Ferguson.[LNB]"He has got into the Carling Cup final team with that performance.[LNB]"He has played in every round, so he deserves it." [LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports