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Old Trafford return is just fine for Fergie

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Darren Ferguson will be more than happy for all the attention to be on him as he prepares for a return to his Old Trafford stamping ground.

His Peterborough side booked their place in the League One play-off final and will meet Huddersfield on May 29 after seeing off the challenge of MK Dons.

When asked about the significance of the venue, the Posh boss said: “If the talk before the final is about my connections with Manchester United, my father etc...fine. It will take some of the pressure off the players.”

Skipper Grant McCann gave Posh an 11th minute lead at London Road with a clever free kick and top scorer Craig Mackail-Smith gave the home side the aggregate advantage with his 34th goal of the season.

"It was fantastic," Ferguson told Sky Sports 1. "I know we've had two promotions before but tonight is a special night. The players have done me proud. To a man they were magnificent. It was a great performance.

"I just thought we had to keep the ball better (than the first leg), and the main thing was pressing. We worked on that all week. We had to press better when they had the ball and I thought tonight they did it perfectly. Tactically, they got it spot on.

"When you miss that many chances you're never sure, but we got there in the end. It's a fantastic night."


 

Mackail-Smith produced a typical, all-action display to put Posh within touching distance of the Championship, although he could well be aiming higher as it seems he will be moving on in the summer. He’ll certainly be missed, not least by his manager who never ceases to be amazed by his super-fit striker.

"I don't know where he gets that energy," Ferguson added. "I'd like to drink what he's drinking. He's a great lad and he deserves everything he's got. To score the winner, I'm really pleased for him, but it'd be wrong of me to just say Craig, it's down to the whole team."

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