Spot on United delight Fergie

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Sir Alex Ferguson was in great spirits last night following Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Stoke City.

The Red Devils took advantage of two penalty opportunities at Old Trafford, with Javier Hernandez putting the hosts in-front before the interval and Dimitar Berbatov securing victory in the second-half.

With Manchester City slipping to defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, the results meant United moved to within goal difference of their local rivals, and Ferguson was happy to admit it was a good night for the club.

"It’s a good night for us, of course," the Scot told MUTV post-match.

"But what I’m most pleased about is our own performance. I thought our football was terrific. We kept our composure, we were very patient.

"Okay, we won with two penalty kicks but I think the manner in which we played our football was the most important thing."

Ferguson wasn't getting carried away with the win over the Potters though, and expects many more twists-and-turns in the race for the title over the coming months.

"It’s still early doors [in terms of the title race]. It’s only the last day in January. I always say that March is a very important month, as well as the beginning of April. We play Manchester City in April, for instance," he added.

Next for United is a trip to Stamford Bridge, with Ferguson hoping to welcome back a trio of first-team players for the clash against Chelsea.

He'll also be hoping to have a first-choice keeper available when they arrive in the capital on Sunday, although Ben Amos came in for praise from his manager after impressing on Premier League debut against Tony Pulis' side.

"We’re hopeful Wayne Rooney, Nani and possibly Ashley Young will be fit for Sunday," he concluded.

"Anders got injured in training and then David got injured at the end of training, so we had a right nightmare there.

"Ben Amos didn’t have a lot to do but he was confident and he was composed. I’m pleased with that."

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