Fergie's sigh of relief

07 December 2006 08:29
Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was relieved as Manchester United progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Benfica at Old Trafford. United appeared to be cruising in to the last 16 of the competition after winning their opening three group games, but successive defeats against FC Copenhagen and Celtic meant they needed a draw on Wednesday to progress. When they fell behind to the Portuguese side, a repeat of last year's defeat to the same opposition and Champions League elimination looked likely, but United stormed back to win comfortably. "When Benfica scored, that was what lifted us," Ferguson admitted. "As the game went on, we got better and better. "We played slowly and didn't cope with their system well. Once we lost the goal we did start to play. "I think winning the right way is obviously important to this club. "But if you said before the game, 'Would you have taken a scabby goal off someone's kneecap', I'd have said, 'Absolutely'. "But at the end of the day we've done it this way and I think it's the right way."

Source: ESA