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Sir Alex Ferguson lauds 'special' derby victory for United over City

09 Dec 2012 18:03:46

Sir Alex Ferguson lauds 'special' derby victory for United over City

Sir Alex Ferguson lauds 'special' derby victory for United over City Sir Alex Ferguson described Manchester United's 3-2 derby win over rivals Manchester City as a "special one". Robin van Persie's late free-kick ended the Premier League champions' 37-game unbeaten home run and sent United six points clear at the top of the league. "It was such a good game - a special one," said United manager Ferguson of his 31st Premier League derby. Fergie's league record v City First game: 6 Dec 1992, 2-1 win Games: 31 Won: 18 Drawn: 6 Lost: 7 Goals for: 51 Goals against: 37 Winning %: 58.06 Source: Opta "It was engrossing. It tells you about the quality of the Premier League, it's such a great league." City had not been beaten at Etihad Stadium since 20 December 2010, and completed the double over neighbours United last season with 6-1 and 1-0 victories. However, Ferguson's side were two goals to the good inside 30 minutes, a well-taken Wayne Rooney brace giving the visitors the advantage. After the interval City hit back with two goals from Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta before a deflected injury time free-kick from Van Persie sealed the win for the visitors. Ferguson was full of praise for his 29-year-old Dutch forward and striking partner Rooney. The Scot said: "It was great to see Wayne score two goals and knowing him he'll go on a run now. His were two good finishes. "And Van Persie's whole game was absolutely terrific today. The whole game he had them on the back foot. " Despite United letting their lead slip in the second-half, Ferguson was delighted with his team's intent and felt they deserved their 90th-minute winner. "We would have been disappointed not to have won because we had played ever so well," he said. "[City] hadn't lost at home for a couple of years and both of us are contending at the top of the league. Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. Wayne Rooney on 'great feeling' "There was a great team spirit and they were determined to win the match. Everyone must recognise that." Manchester United are now six points clear at the top of the table but Ferguson dismissed any talk of that being a decisive gap at this stage of the campaign. "City are fresh and out of European football," he said. "We have to contend with Europe, the FA Cup and the league. There's still a long way to go." Rooney, who moved on to five goals for the season with his pair at Etihad Stadium, added: "It is fantastic. It's a great day for us, to go six clear and to beat our closest rivals. "There is desire and passion at this club, and under Sir Alex we never know we're beaten. It's no fluke how many games we've won late on. We know it could be in injury time or in the first minute - you've got to keep on pushing."


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