Fletcher always believed
Darren Fletcher was always confident that Man Utd would vanquish rivals Man City in the Carling Cup.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 28/01/10 9:12am
Darren Fletcher was always confident that Manchester United would vanquish rivals Manchester City in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final.
United had to rely on an injury-time winner from Wayne Rooney to ensure they will defend their crown against Aston Villa at Wembley on 28th February.
The clash looked destined for extra-time after City forward Carlos Tevez struck to draw the aggregate score level following goals from Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick.
But Fletcher never gave up hope of emerging victorious, and so it proved as Rooney popped up with a hugely dramatic goal at Old Trafford.
Fletcher told Sky Sports: "Everyone was up for it. Even after Carlos scored we were not that worried.
"We dominated the second half after a tight first half and Wayne popped up with an unbelievable winner. He has been doing that all season.
"We had been expecting the game to go to extra-time but overall I think we deserved the victory."
Rooney had earlier missed a golden opportunity to put the result to bed, but he proved his class in the end by heading in from close range to take his goals tally for the season to 21.
The United striker said: "I was not that worried (about the miss) although I should have done better.
"I know with our deliveries I will get chances and thankfully I took that one in injury-time.
"We started well but it went a bit slow in the middle. But we have players like Fletch (Darren Fletcher), (Michael) Carrick, (Paul) Scholes and (Ryan) Giggs to call on."
Rooney also reserved praise for team-mate Fletcher, who was at his tenacious best against United's rivals.
"He underlines what United are all about," said Rooney.
"Fletch has been playing like that for the last two years. He is a world-class player."