Old Trafford legend Arthur Albiston enthuses about the midweek win over Liverpool and the performances of players including Ryan Giggs and Chris Smalling...
Without being disrespectful to smaller Championship clubs we could have been drawn against in the Capital One Cup, Liverpool were exactly the team we needed to play after that poor result last weekend.
I think all the United players would hold their hands up and say 'we were awful' against Manchester City. But last night the players restored the belief of everybody walking out of the ground. Our supporters all went home happy after two or three days of doom and gloom.
It was a proper United-Liverpool game, certainly in the way it came to life in the second half. I said to someone before the game that playing under floodlights on a wet, drizzly pitch creates a special atmosphere - and especially against our biggest rivals, the team from the other end of the East Lancs Road. All our fans had wanted was a performance and they definitely got that.
Wayne Rooney was outstanding. He was probably one of the few players who came out of the Man City game at the weekend with a bit of credit. And what about Ryan Giggs? There was an incident in the ninety-third minute when he closed down Steven Gerrard and blocked a ball that was going forward, it came off Gerrard and went out for a throw-in. I've not seen Ryan Giggs do that for a long time - getting the crowd up on their feet. It brought a lump to my throat when I saw it. That shows you what beating Liverpool means to him, even at almost forty years of age. It's great that supporters see that