Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to see United thrash Fulham in the Barclays Premier League following some indifferent form at Craven Cottage.
Goals from Danny Welbeck, Nani, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov sealed an impressive 5- 0 win in West London, the Reds' first at Fulham since the 2008/09 season.
And, as the boss explained to MUTV, victory at Craven Cottage does not come easily. “The games against Fulham over the last three years tell you how difficult it is to come here; we’d only won one point from nine.
“We were very patient with the ball in the early part of the match. We worked our way through the Fulham midfield and it was a great cutback for Danny to score his goal. He took it well. Good starts are really important in games like this and it gave us control until half-time.
“We had to make some changes before the match and then Phil Jones picked up his injury. So it says a lot for the players. They stood up to a really difficult game.”
Having built a three-goal lead by the break, the Reds were perhaps guilty of taking the foot off the gas as Fulham tried to gain a foothold on proceedings in the second half.
Any lingering hopes of a dramatic comeback were ended, though, as Rooney smashed home from 30 yards before Berbatov sealed the rout with an audacious backheel.
Both goals were worthy of winning any game and, in particular, Sir Alex's respect.“They were two great goals to finish. We were under the cosh for a lot of time in the second half and we stood up to that. Fulham are very good passers of the ball in tight areas and Andy Johnson missed a hat-trick.
“But in the context of having to make the changes, we have to be pleased that we survived that and the two deciding goals – the one from Wayne from 25 yards was an absolutely great goal, followed by a lovely touch from Berbatov and a great pass from Antonio – made it a really good night for us.”