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Manchester United 4-1 Fulham: Post-Match Quotes (FA Cup)

Post-match thoughts from Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs, and Martin Jol.

Clive Mason

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of MUTV & ESPN)

(Overall thoughts...) "I'm really pleased that Wayne [Rooney] scored and that Chicha [Javier Hernandez] scored two because if I get those two and Robin [van Persie] into the twenty-plus goals mark, we're definitely in business. We picked a very strong team because we didn't want to make any slip-ups. The FA Cup is an important trophy for us this season. We haven't won it for nearly 10 years. Rio Ferdinand's never won an FA Cup medal - so we really need to do something about that. The players did well and it was quite comfortable. In the first half Fulham had a lot of possession and there were a couple of squeaky moments. But all in all it was a really good performance by us."

(On Damien Duff's clear handball in the box...) "I think from the referee's position he obviously thought it was unintentional, but from my angle - obviously I've got the benefit of looking at the video at half-time - it was handball. But we didn't need any decisions because the performance was good. We had some shots in the first half blocked, one hit the bar - we needed that second goal to put us in the comfort zone, and we got that early in the second half and then a third and fourth followed."

(On Ryan Giggs taking the penalty and not Wayne Rooney...) "With Wayne missing the penalties he has, it was time to give him a break. But he will come back it. The one thing about Wayne is that it doesn't faze him if he misses one. He has a fantastic temperament."

Ryan Giggs | MUFC midfielder (courtesy of ESPN)

(Overall thoughts...) "We got the early goal, which is what you always want, but we didn't really kick on from there. We had a couple of chances and probably should have been a little bit more clinical, but then in the second half we were. It does help [scoring early]. If you're at Old Trafford you want to score early and settle into the game and keep the ball. That's what we did. Like I say, we could have been a little better in front of goal, but we made up for that in the second half."

(On the club's desire to win the FA Cup...) "The FA Cup means a lot. We've not done as well as we should have done really in the last eight or nine years. There are a lot of players that are desperate to win it. The history that we've got in the competition, we should be there - we should be getting to finals. Hopefully this year will be the year."

Martin Jol | Fulham manager (courtesy of

(Overall thoughts...) "The early goal stemmed from us losing the ball in midfield in the first minute – like against Man City. From the corner-kick, it must have been a handball, although I haven’t seen it. We were still in it which was a positive thing but there was no conviction in our possession; we couldn’t link up from the back to midfield and we couldn’t get the ball forward. But after the two early goals in the second half, the game was finished. Before last week, we were unbeaten in four games, with two good away wins. But the game against Man City, we conceded after two minutes and we were our own worst victims. Today, United played with four players up front. They tried to stretch us and we could do nothing about it; there was a big gap between their defence and midfield. Every time we tried to edge on, they were stronger than us. If a team like them play an offensive 4-2-4 you can try to hurt them but they were too mobile for us."