Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he was happy enough with the 2-0 win over Ajax on Thursday, despite not finding their top gear, Sky
Goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez in the second half gave United the victory in Amsterdam, but the Premier League champions were ‘disappointing’ in the first half according to Ferguson. United face Ajax at Old Trafford next Thursday in the second leg and hold the advantage after their positive result in Holland.
Ferguson said: ‘The result was better than the performance. The first half was disappointing. We found it difficult to get rhythm and speed to our game. Ajax pressed the ball very well and played nice football. We had to waken up in the second half because we were making it difficult for ourselves. The second half improved and we made some good opportunities. We deserved to win and you can’t complain too much when you win 2-0 away from home.’
One negative for the United boss is an injury suffered to winger Antonio Valencia, who had to leave the field after a challenge in the build-up to Hernandez’s goal. Valencia had only been on the field ten minutes after replacing Ashley Young and faces up to a month on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. Ferguson will be happy with the return of Tom Cleverley and Young from injury and the United boss feels he has a squad capable to cope with the demands of European and domestic football.
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