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22/01/2011 17:55, Report by Adam Bostock
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Boss toasts team display

could have scored more," said Sir Alex. "We were a little bit wasteful with our finishing, but you can't complain at that performance."

Berbatov and Rooney continued in the same roles they have adopted for most of this campaign, with the number nine profiting from the number ten's tireless workrate and creative abilities. "They were very good together. We hope Wayne scores again soon, he deserves it because he's working his socks off. He played some great football today. He was also involved in the fourth goal just after half-time with some fantastic control from van der Sar's ball coming out of the clouds. It was a fantastic ball from Edwin - okay, it was a clearance - but he knew the area to hit it into. The control from Rooney in setting up Ryan to square the ball for Berba... it was a fantastic goal."

Five goals without reply - by far the biggest of seven consecutive home wins over Birmingham - further strengthens the Reds' status as top dogs in the title race and sets up Sir Alex's men nicely for a midweek trip to Blackpool. "It certainly helps the goal difference, there's no doubt about that. We've got some tough games ahead of course and hopefully the players can grasp the nettle. They've got the experience, we've got the squad and hopefully we can manage the games that lie ahead."

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