Sir Alex Ferguson has hit back at Manchester United's detractors after they responded to their Champions League disappointment with an emphatic victory over Wolves on Saturday.
United came in for heavy criticism following their Champions League exit at the group stages for only the third time in 17 years last week, with former club captain Roy Keane the most vocal critic of Ferguson’s young charges.
Ferguson would have been smiling after seeing City enter the weekend five points clear of United but emerged with just a two point gap intact after the Red Devils breezed past Wolves 4-1 on Saturday, while Frank Lampard’s late penalty consigned the Citizens to their first defeat of the season.
Having responded well to their European nightmare with a convincing victory at Old Trafford, Ferguson reiterated the faith he had in his squad to come good.
“I do not understand people doubting these players," the Scot told reporters.
"My immediate job is to sift through the disappointment and the criticism to get everything in perspective and I can tell you already that I still have faith in our players.
"We will take a lot of stick from critics and even from people we thought were perhaps on our side, but we must not dwell on that."
United now face back-to-back ties against QPR and Fulham before Christmas, with the visit of Wigan to follow on Boxing day.
Ferguson insists he will use all of his squad to ensure they keep the pressure up on City over the festive period.
“December is a particularly busy month when we often play eight or nine games,” he said.
“We’ve got a Boxing Day Game, a New Year’s Eve game... it’s going to be a hectic spell and that’s when the squad really kicks in.”