Ferguson Hails Rooney

Ferguson Hails Rooney Display

Sir Alex Ferguson was full of praise for Wayne Rooney’s match-winning role in Manchester United’s 4-3 aggregate success over Manchester City in the Carling Cup.

Rooney headed home in second-half stoppage-time, taking his goals tally for the season to 21, to set up an encounter with Aston Villa at Wembley on 28th February.

United had earlier led on aggregate following second-half strikes from Paul Scholes and Darren Fletcher, only for Carlos Tevez to restore parity before Rooney sealed a dramatic win.

Ferguson told Sky Sports: “I thought Rooney was much better today than he was on Saturday (against Hull City), and yet he scored four goals on Saturday.

“His control, leading of the line and penetration was absolutely fantastic. It was a true world-class performance.”

Of the victory over City, the Scot continued: “It’s a derby game, and you like to win your derby games.

“The atmosphere tonight, and the fact it was a semi-final tie, added a lot of spice to the match.

“And the fact we scored so late in the game brought a special type of celebration.”

United struggled to break down City in the first half before upping their tempo in the second period.

And Ferguson was pleased with the persistence of his charges, adding: “I think we kept our patience, I think this was important.

“Nothing really happened in the first half. They sat very deep.

“What we said at half-time was to keep playing our football and keep spreading our play.

“I am proud of the team. I also must pay tribute to our support. They were unbelievable.”