Sir Alex settles for United point

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Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that Manchester United's plan was to nullify Liverpool's threat before pushing for a late victory, in yesterday's North West derby at Anfield.

Reflecting on a fierce Barclays Premier League encounter that saw the spoils shared between the two sides, the Red Devils boss admitted he was satisfied with a point having gone a goal behind.

"We looked upon it as a two-team situation as we wanted to make sure there were no silly mistakes," Ferguson told MUTV. "They had no real chances apart from Suarez when there was a lucky break but, other than that, they were never a threat to us. That job had been done, that's why we were bringing Wayne [Rooney] and Nani on when they scored the goal.

"We were looking to win the game at that stage. After they scored the goal they got a couple of chances, but we took a chance to win it, and quite rightly because that's the name of the game."


Ferguson reflected positively on the tie, and said that after all the pre-match anticipation, England's two most successful clubs turned in a good performance.

"It was probably a typical United-Liverpool game," he added. "It was very intense, of course, and I don't think the game really got started until Liverpool scored.

"It was a good game after that. When you're one-nothing down with 15 minutes to go you can't be confident, but we've got the players who can do that."

Javier Hernandez rescued a point for the reigning champions to maintain United's unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign, by coming off the bench to score in the 81st minute, causing Ferguson to pay tribute to the little Mexican.

"You see Chicharito for the goal: it was absolutely fantastic. Skrtel's got his arms right around him and he's managed to free himself and get the header in. His record of goalscoring is unbelievable, the boy. He's just got that touch.

"I think, forgetting the last three games here, in the context of today the result was fair."

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