Fergie calm in defeat

02 November 2006 09:37
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson remained calm after seeing his side stutter to a 1-0 Champions League away defeat to FC Copenhagen. A goal 17 minutes from time by former Aston Villa striker Marcus Allback gave the Danish side a famous victory, but Ferguson is content that his side will still go on to qualify for the knockout stages. He said: "I am satisfied with the effort of my players. "I thought we controlled the game for most of the night and didn't look like losing a goal. But we defended badly at one corner and lost the game. "It was not an easy pitch and it took us 20 minutes to get into our rhythm. "We knew they would play a lot of long balls into our area and I felt we defended very well apart from that one instance and it cost us the game." Ferguson was also relieved that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer limped off with what turned out to be just a minor hamstring problem. The Scot added: "It's unfortunate for Ole. "It is a hamstring and he will be out for a few weeks, but I am actually quite happy. "Given his previous history of knee problems, I was a bit concerned when he came off but, fortunately, it is only a hamstring."

Source: ESA