08/04/2013 22:00, Report by Adam Bostock
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Sir Alex takes heart

England defender.

"He was tremendous," praised Sir Alex. "He's a fantastic player, the boy. He's not had a lot of football at centre-back but today he's come in, into a difficult situation when some of the other centre-backs are injured, and, like we expected, he was very good.

"There were some terrific performances tonight – Robin van Persie was fantastic – so there were a lot of pluses in that respect."

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