Sir Alex Ferguson immediately turned his attention towards the Premier League title race after watching his Manchester United side beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley in the Carling Cup Final.
United beat Tottenham in last year's final while Sunday's success was Ferguson's 32nd major trophy of his Old Trafford reign.
Wayne Rooney headed the winning goal after Michael Owen had equalised following a controversial fourth-minute opener by Villa.
James Milner scored from the spot after Nemanja Vidic had brought down Gabriel Agbonlahor but the United player was not even booked despite Villa insisting the Serb should have been dismissed.
Ferguson said: "Rooney's header wasn't brilliant. There wasn't any great pace on it but it was well placed just under the bar.
"The goalkeeper had work to do to get to it. Wayne's in that sort of form. He's scoring so many vital goals for us. We should have put it beyond doubt with the opportunities we had.
"In the main we were the better team but credit to Aston Villa's performance. In the last ten minutes when they started shoving up that big brigade of theirs it was like the Alamo.
"They had a go. (Richard) Dunne had a back post header and missed altogether. You need a bit of luck in these situations.
"We show time and time again this club has got the determination. They don't give in. It's a good quality to have and you'll see that in the last part of the season.
"It was a good result for us on Saturday with Chelsea losing. Arsenal are back in the frame with the easiest programme on paper. It will be an interesting run-in."