Not once but twice, Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he made a mistake. The first was when admitting that
his the medical team's initial assessments were off, and that Ashley Young would miss the remainder of the season due to injury - the ankle he crocked in the recent Manchester Derby.
The other concerned Shinji Kagawa. Knowing our adorable little playmaker, this latest presser would have put a huge smile on Shinji-kun's face. The first concerned Shinji's rival for the spot and one-time (?) talisman, Wayne Rooney.
Attempts at Japanese honorifics are based off Bleach and Naruto mangas. All you -donos, -sans, -kuns and -chans please excuse.
"As far as taking him off the other night, it was simple: he wasn't playing as well as Shinji Kagawa was," he said. "In so many games Wayne Rooney is better than most players. But on the night Shinji was playing so well."
When it was gently put to the boss that that makes as much sense as having Andy Carroll on the field for 90 minutes, as he proceeded to sub Shinji off as well, the unthinkable happened...
"The ironic thing was, when we were chasing a goal with 14 minutes left, I decided to put Chicharito on and Shinji made the second goal. I'd already given the fourth official the card, Chicha was standing on the touchline and then we scored the second goal. I think if I'd have changed my decision then we would have won it.
"Shinji was doing really well but unfortunately he came off."
The diminutive Kagawa has been growing from strength to strength, and this performance in difficult conditions, where he turned and wriggled expertly in a manner not seen by Reds fans in years, can well be put down as a marker in his career. Early season doubts have begun to ebb - this guy looks the real deal (and for our team as well)!
In other news, the Gaffer also praised the team for coming through the bruising game away to West Ham with pride, and commented on the PFA Player of the Year shortlists... we'll have that up for you
motely crew fine gentlemen to fight over shortly!