"So I don’t think it’s a big step down [for Dimitar]. I think it’s a step down to leave Manchester United for anyone in my mind. But it’s not such a big step down that you could say he’s given up any ambition. Fulham is a club that is ambitious.
"I don’t think [playing with other big players] was a problem for him here. I think the problem for him was the way we wanted to play and the selections I had to make. It was maybe the hardest thing when I had Carlos Tevez here as well. That affected both of them. But when you have choices you hope you make the right choices. In his first season with us, Chicharito had a fantastic season that as time went on Chicharito became a more regular player than Dimitar was.
"Some people like to see players run through brick walls all the time. Dimitar is not that type of player, but he is a very talented player and he had a decent goalscoring record here, you must remember that."
As for the chance to reach the fifth round of a competition United have not won since 2004, Sir Alex is determined to get his hands on the trophy again.
"I think we all know that we haven't done as well in the FA Cup for a few years now," he added. "It's a cup which has fantastic appeal given our record in it. We have benefit of the home draw, which I always say we'll take that any time. It's going to be a challenge for us. But we would take playing anyone at home."