“We got a few knocks but Sunderland are fighting for their lives, we have to remember that. We had to stand up to that part of the game. Generally, we have a few bumps and bruises but we handled it well.”
Should any players struggle to pass fitness tests for Monday’s match against Chelsea (Rafael is the biggest doubt following his withdrawal from action at Sunderland), the manager can at least draw on his sizeable squad. His selection on Saturday hinted there would be changes anyway.
“We left some players behind,” he confirmed. “Wayne Rooney, Chicharito and Ryan Giggs, for example. So we have options for Monday.”
Sir Alex Ferguson was speaking to MUTV and Sky Sports.