The Busby Babe
Shots (on target)
|15 (4)||16 (4)|
Total Passes Completed
MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS
* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 21/29 passing (72%), 1 goal conceded
* Michael Keane (right-center-back): 31/36 passing (86%), 4/5 long balls, 3 tackles, 3 interceptions, 11 clearances (6 effective), 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls
* Scott Wootton (left-center-back): 45/48 passing (94%), 6/7 long balls, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 13 crosses (10 effective), 1 shot blocked, 1 foul
* Marnick Vermijl (right-back | substituted off 77'): 26/35 passing (74%), 2 chances created, 2/6 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 5 clearances (2 effective), 0 shots blocked, 1 foul
* Alexander Buttner (left-back | substituted off 86'): 42/45 passing (93%), 1 chance created, 1/2 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 1 successful dribble, 1 foul won, 5 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 clearances (2 effective), 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls
* Darren Fletcher (holding-midfielder): 84/88 passing (95%), 1 chance created, 0/0 crosses, 7/8 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 0 shots, 1 assist
* Anderson (central-midfield): 48/53 passing (91%), 1 chance created, 0/2 crosses, 7/8 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 2 tackles, 1 interception, 4 shots (2 on target), 1 goal
* Tom Cleverley (central-midfield): 86/95 passing (91%), 2 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 9/11 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 tackle, 0 interceptions, 2 shots (1 on target), 1 goal
* Wayne Rooney (central-attacking-midfielder | substituted off 77'): 58/65 passing (89%), 2 chances created, 1/2 crosses, 11/14 long balls, 1/2 through balls, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 2 shots (0 on target)
* Danny Welbeck (secondary striker): 34/43 passing (79%), 2 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/1 through balls, 5 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 shot (1 on target), 1 assist
* Javier Hernandez (striker): 20/24 passing (83%), 2 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 2 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 4 shots (0 on target)
* Nick Powell (central-midfield | substituted on 77'): 10/13 passing (77%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots
* Ryan Tunnicliffe (right-back | substituted on 77'): 6/7 passing (86%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls
* Robbie Brady (left-back | substituted on 86'): 16/16 passing (100%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 0 clearances, 0 shots blocked, 0 fouls
Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV)
(Overall thoughts...) I'm very pleased. First of all, given the tie was an all-Premier League one and Newcastle are probably a stronger team than us physically, we played some fantastic football. We kept on playing our football and perservered with that and had good composure in our game. I was really pleased with that and I think we deserved to win. Newcastle are a very powerful team so it's good to get through that one."
(On the returns of Fletcher and Rooney) "Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher were excellent - Wayne understandably tired a little towards the end but that was to be expected. I'm really pleased for the both of them. They have all done really well. Some of them tired but that was understandable as it was a first game for some of them."
(On Anderson and Cleverley...) "I'm very pleased for Anderson and Cleverley - both of them were terrific strikes. The second goal was a great bit of football and Tom has done well to sidefoot the ball home. It was a really good performance."
(On the youngsters in the back four...) "They did their best. It was difficult. [Shola] Ameobi is a massive big lad, a handful, and [Papiss] Cisse has a lot of experience and is a terrific player. He's one of the best players at the club and it was a compliment to us that they did that. So I thought they handled it quite well. The name of the game here is to win football matches. Tonight we've given a lot of youngsters and squad players a game. If we progress, they will be involved."
Darren Fletcher | MUFC midfielder (courtesy of MUTV)
(On being skipper in his return...)"It's my first time as captain of Manchester United. It's a fantastic moment, something you dream about. Obviously, having done it for my country means a lot but to do it for United as well [is incredible]. However, the most important thing, despite all these things like me coming back and being captain, was for us to win the game."
(Overall thoughts on the game...) "I thought we played very well. We had a diamond formation in midfield and passed the ball well, creating some good chances. We were unfortunate not to go in a couple of goals ahead at half time and, when we went 2-0 up, we conceded a goal and it was a little bit difficult towards the end. They had a lot of high balls in the box but we defended it reasonably well, have seen it out and got a victory."
(On Rooney's performance...) "Wayne was slotting in behind the strikers and enjoying it. He was getting on the ball, pinging it wide left and right and using his experience. He's a fantastic player with great imagination and enthusiasm and it's great for United to have a lot of players competing for places."
(On Keane and Wootton...) "The two centre-backs were talking to me the whole game and for two young centre halves playing against good strikers they were fantastic and it was a fine performance for them. I think it was a good team performance. It's brilliant [to see the kids come through]. It's what this club is all about. You're prepared for that at a young age and to finally make your debut at Old Trafford, all of them performed fantastically and showed they're capable and they're ready. It bodes well for the future. It's obviously great to be back. But the most important thing was winning the match."
Wayne Rooney | MUFC attacker (courtesy of Sky Sports)
(On his return...) "It’s just over four weeks now since I last played and I’m delighted to have the time on the pitch. It’s always difficult, your first game back after a few weeks out, but it’s great for me to get the minutes under my belt and hopefully that will benefit me. The forward is now hopeful of building upon his successful return. It was a good run out for me and I’m obviously delighted. Hopefully there’s a lot more games to come."
(On the goals by Cleverley and Ando...) "Tom obviously had that miss in the first half and the manager wasn’t too pleased with that at half-time. But Tom's then gone out and scored a nice goal. I’m delighted for the two of them [both scorers] but especially Tom as it's his first goal."