Sir Alex Ferguson has described the two late goals that helped down Blackburn as ‘typical’ as Manchester United moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a nervy win at Ewood Park.
A late speculative cross-cum-shot from Antonio Valencia with 81 minutes on the clock settled United’s nerves after a tetchy encounter, before Ashley Young sealed the deal with a precise effort with just five minutes remaining.
The narrow 2-0 win meant United edged further ahead of Manchester City with seven league games to go, and now means they can in theory win the title with victory at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the month.
For long periods of the game, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s assertion that the game would end in a draw looked destined to come true, however Ferguson was full of praise for the trademark United late goals that saw them pick up a vital win.
"Coming so late in the game, it is an important goal," Ferguson said to Sky Sports of Valenicia’s strike which broke the deadlock.
"It typifies the history of the club. If you don't try to shoot, you're never going to find out if you can score like that.
"There was amazing power on it. It could have been a cross, could have been a shot, but it doesn't matter. There was great power [on the attempt]."
United were grateful to goalkeeper David de Gea on at least three occasions as the Spaniard pulled off fine saves to keep a dangerous-looking Blackburn side at bay.
Morten Gamst Pederson also had a second-half effort chalked off as United struggled to break down the home side’s obdurate defence while also avoid being caught on the counter.
"It was a long night," Ferguson admitted. "We just had to persevere and we got our rewards for it.
"We weren't really creating any clear-cut chances – Wayne [Rooney] had a good free-kick saved by the goalkeeper, and there was a lot of great crosses by Antonio that weren't finished off.
"We always had them under the cosh, but we had to be careful of their counter-attack. They were dangerous at that point."