United wizards on the wing

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reserved special praise for wingers Luis Nani and Antonio Valencia after the side's 4-1 win over Wolves at the weekend.

A brace from the Portuguese international, as well as two goals from striker Wayne Rooney, was enough for the Red Devils as they bounced back from the disappointment of being knocked-out of the Champions League emphatically.

And Ferguson felt the key to victory was the work of his wide players, keeping the opposition's full-backs on the back-foot throughout the contest as the players' hard-work paid off for the hosts.

"We were pleased with that. On Wednesday, we worked our socks off and didn’t get a break. Today we worked our socks off and we did get a break. Some of the football was fantastic and obviously getting the second goal relaxed everyone," the Scot told MUTV.

"I thought the wide positions were a problem for Wolves today. I think we kept their full-backs completely occupied all through the game – we were getting to the edge of their box all the time.

"The crowd got right behind the players today, particularly the young ones and that was good, and in the main, our attacking play was terrific.

"We could have scored a lot of goals today and that’s pleasing. They were all disappointed after Wednesday. The young players hadn’t experienced a bad defeat before so it was a good thing for them."

The result keeps United on the tales of league-leaders Manchester City, with two points now separating the top two sides in the Barclays Premier League.

And Ferguson admits the win at Old Trafford puts the pressure on Roberto Mancini's side to get a result at Chelsea tonight, although the most important thing is to concentrate on his own results.

"We always hope that [we put pressure on City]. But I think the important thing is to get our own game right," he added.

"If we get to New Year’s Day and we’re in the frame we have a great chance in the second half of the season."

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