Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has launched a passionate defence of Sir Alex Ferguson's team selection at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.

Butt was working for MUTV as an analyst on the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City that cost United their position at the top of the Premier League. However, rather than joining the chorus of condemnation for Ferguson's decision to use Wayne Rooney as a lone front man and pack his midfield, Butt said the move made sense.

"We had to go there not to get beaten and the system was to stop City from dictating the play in midfield," said Butt.

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