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Manchester United 1-2 Crystal Palace: Highlights (depending on one's perspective) & Post-Match Quotes


Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "I don't know where to start to be honest. My apologies go to our fans tonight because that was not a Manchester United performance. I don't want to take anything away from Crystal Palace - I wish them every success and I hope they get to the final. It was a fantastic, mammouth effort from all of them. Every one of their players worked their socks off to get to the semi-finals. We maybe played too many short passes, but I'm not going to dwell on it and go into the ins and outs of it all. When it went to extra-time I thought we must win it, but it wasn't to be. Their second goal was offside from what I've seen on the cameras, but I can't take it away from Crystal Palace, they fought hard to get the result and they deserve it. It's a very disappointing night for Manchester United."

Jonny Evans | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "We're very disappointed not to be in the semi-finals. I thought we would go on after we scored. And going into the first period of extra time, playing towards the Stretford End, I thought we'd have a chance of getting a goal and seal it from there. But they went down the other end and scored against the run of play really. We had a lot of possession but we couldn't break them down. A lot of our play was in front of them and I think the only way we were going to get in was down the side, but we didn't manage to do that as well as Manchester United can. We didn't get a lot of crosses into the box."

(On the need for United to move on from this disappointment...) "The games are coming thick and fast and the manager will need his squad. So we need to pick ourselves up and hopefully win on Saturday [at Villa]."

(On being named captain for his 100th United appearance...) "Before the game I was delighted to be given the armband, but I'd happily take that away to have the victory instead."

(On the youth's opportunity in the Carling Cup...) "It's good that the manager plays the younger lads [in this competition], but unfortunately we've not managed to get the result. My first game was in the Carling Cup [against Coventry in September 2007] and it didn't turn out as well as we expected, but the lads have got to keep focused and work hard on their games."