Manchester United boss has heaped praise on his side after their 2-0 victory over Stoke City yesterday. 

United were going through a rough patch after two consecutive defeats as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea which was followed up by 2-1 loss at home to arch rivals Manchester City.

Ferguson told MUTV: "It was a big one coming on the back of the defeat on Monday night and it was essential for us in terms of standing up and being counted.

"Everyone did a great job today."

Michael Carrick scored the first goal in the opening minutes and the second goal came of Van Persie's boot as he converted a penalty after he was brought down in the 18 yard box by Wilkinson.

This was Robin van Persie's 20th goal in the Premier league this season and ended his two month goal drought which was followed by an ecstatic celebration as Van Persie embraced the United boss.

The United boss continued by saying: "He nearly killed me!" He forgets I’m 71 ! I always think you should celebrate goals – the boys celebrated right away and it was an emotional part of it.

"The supporters were encouraged by that."

Although Stoke tried hard today but chances were hard to come by as the Red Devils maintained a very strong defence which was hard to penetrate. Sir Alex also praised the Stoke City team and hopes they survive the battle for survival at the bottom of the table. 


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