Three points please Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson took the three points as league leaders
Manchester United beat Sunderland 3-1 at Old Trafford.

Goals from Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley and Wayne Rooney saw
the Red Devils race to a three-goal lead within an hour, before
substitute Fraizer Campbell headed a consolation for the Black
Cats.

The win followed up last weekend’s derby victory over title
rivals Manchester City and restored the Red Devils’ six-point lead
at the top.

Ferguson told Sky Sports: “For an hour it was fantastic
football, some of the play was great – combination play,
interchange play. The second goal epitomised that play, a great
one-touch finish by Tom Cleverley (after a one-two with Michael
Carrick).

“I don’t know whether we’ve relaxed or Sunderland have picked up
the baton towards the last 20 minutes but they had two or three
chances then and did very well in that period.

“So I’m happy we’ve won the match. I think we should have scored
more goals but you’ve got to give credit to Sunderland for keeping
going.”

The win was United’s fifth league success on the bounce and
Ferguson was pleased to keep up the pressure on their rivals at the
top.

“The name of the game is to win games now, get the momentum
going, get the consistency going and hopefully we keep going.”

Another boost was the return of club captain Nemanja Vidic as a
second-half substitute for his first appearance since
September.

Ferguson added: “Well it will take him a bit of time (to get
full match fitness) but that’s a start. It’s great to have him
back.

“All the defenders are fit now, Rafa(el) had a little tight
hamstring, we didn’t risk him, but he’ll be available for next week
so that collection of defenders will definitely help us.”