Sir Alex Ferguson happy with the balance of young and old at Manchester United
Manchester United forgot about their woeful form against Liverpool last weekend to acquire a well-deserved victory over Newcastle United in the third round of the League Cup. Sir Alex Ferguson opted to field youthful side against the Toons with a number of debutants.
It was a first start for defenders Marnick Vermijl, Scott Wotton and Michael Keane, but there were more debutants for Manchester United in the night. Ryan Tunnicliffe and Robert Brady came off the bench to record their first game for Manchester United.
Darren Fletcher, who returned from long term illness owing to his chronic bowel condition, made his first start for Manchester United in 10 months. The midfield veteran returned to action in the Champions League game against Galatasary last week.
Wayne Rooney also recorded his much awaited return. The striker came on field in the 78th minute of the game. Wayne Rooney was on the sidelines for the past month because of a horrific injury against Fulham. The 26-year-old England international evaded a big injury although he did suffer a blood-gushing gash on his thigh.
Darren Fletcher was happy to return in Manchester United colors at Old Trafford once again.
“It's great to be back,” Darren Fletcher said in an interview after the game against Newcastle United. “It's been a long time, so it's good to be back, especially at Old Trafford in a winning team.”
“The back four were fantastic and they were talking to me the whole game and for two young centre-halves (Wotton and Keane) playing against two good strikers they were fantastic. All of the lads were.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was satisfied with the performance of Manchester United’s latest crop of players, but he was happy to see the return of his star players as well. The Manchester United manager was full of praise for Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney in his postgame interview.
“Both of them were excellent,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “Wayne tired before the end but that was to be expected but we're very pleased.”
“They've done really well and I'm pleased with the win. The name of the game here is to win football matches and we've given our squad players and a lot of younger players a game. If they progress they'll be involved.”
Anderson drew first blood for Manchester United against Newcastle United in the League Cup game. Tom Cleverley doubled Manchester United’s lead before Newcastle United pulled one back with a goal from Papiss Demba Cisse.