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Sir Alex Ferguson was left to salute his Manchester United players after a 5-0 thrashing of Fulham at Craven Cottage last night.

The Red Devils were simply unstoppable after Danny Welbeck gave the visitors an early lead, before Nani and Ryan Giggs made it three before the break. The Welshman's strike means he continues his run of scoring in every Barclays Premier League season.

Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov put a gloss on the scoreline with two late strikes, and it was a performance which the Scot believes ranks as one of their best this term.

"I think it was one of our best performances of the season, particularly first half when we played some superb football," Ferguson told Sky Sports post-match.

"It's not an easy place to come, as we have experienced in the last three years by taking one point from nine. That tells you have difficult it is. But tonight we played on song and continued on from the great performance on Sunday against Queens Park Rangers.

"We have had to make changes tonight. We have ended up with Antonio (Valencia) at right-back, Rio Ferdinand missing, so great credit to the players for standing up to the problems of today."

The aforementioned injuries are starting to cause havoc at Old Trafford, with Nemanja Vidic, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Tom Cleverley, Michael Owen and Fabio all on the treatment table prior to yesterday's trip to the capital.

Phil Jones and Ashley Young can now be added to that list after picking up facial and knee injuries respectively, and Ferguson knows it will be tough for the champions over the remaining fixtures in the festive period.

"It was an elbow, but it wasn't intentional. We will be sending him for an X-ray tomorrow. It doesn't look great," said the United boss on Jones' problem.

"The other tackle on Ashley was a very aggressive tackle. He had to come off too. We are picking up these injuries at the moment. We are alright in the striking department, they are all available, it's other areas that we are picking up injuries."

Young is expected to be out of action for two-to-three weeks.

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