Sir Alex Ferguson praised goalscorer Paul Scholes and hailed Manchester United’s never-say-die spirit as Reds overcame Blues at Eastlands today. United’s win brought Ferguson’s side to within a point of Chelsea at the head of the Premier League with the Londoners losing 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the late kick-off.
“We’ve three last-minute goals against them now this season but deserve it,” said Ferguson, whose team has scored at 90+6, 90+4 and 90+3 against City this season.
“We had the best chances but it did not look like anyone was going to win.
“The game became very open in the last 10 minutes.
“Derbies are derbies and the way we have won has given our supporters great excitement. To do it that way on City’s own ground is a great result for us.
“We wanted to keep a clean sheet because we know if we get back to zero against it gives us a chance. One-nil wins have played a big part in our title wins and 1-0 today shows that’s true.”
Ferguson also reserved special praise for the magnificent Scholes, who rolled back the years to dictate the game and score a match winning header with just 17 seconds remaining.
“No-one is better than him at ghosting into the box,” added Ferguson.
“He was man of the match today, he was wonderful, he’s such a skilful player.”
35-year-old Scholes signed a new contract with United this week that will keep the Bury-born midfielder at the club until June 2011.