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.”