Fletcher defends Nani goal
Darren Fletcher says Nani spared himself a dressing-down from his manager and team-mates by scoring.
Last Updated: 31/10/10 2:26pm
Darren Fletcher has revealed that Nani spared himself a dressing-down from his manager and team-mates after scoring his controversial goal against Tottenham.
Harry Redknapp was seething at referee Mark Clattenburg's decision to allow the goal to stand after the Portugal winger had handled the ball twice in the build-up at Old Trafford on Saturday.
But whatever the rights and wrongs of allowing the strike, Fletcher insists Nani had a right to slot the ball into an empty net after Heurelho Gomes had put the ball into play.
"If he didn't put the ball into the back of the net, he would have got a b*****king from the manager and the rest of the players," said Fletcher.
"Tottenham will be very aggrieved by that, maybe rightly so.
"There was some misunderstanding from the goalkeeper but the ball was still in play."
The win ensures that United continue to cling on to the coat-tails of leaders Chelsea.
The Champions had played before the Red Devils and their 2-1 win over Blackburn had seen them create an eight-point advantage.
And skipper Nemanja Vidic - who scored his second of the term and the 1000th Premier League goal to be scored at Old Trafford in United's 2-0 win - admits the Blues' victory spurred them on.
"We were in the dressing room and heard that Chelsea had scored 10 minutes from the end at Blackburn," said Vidic.
"That put more pressure on us but we did well. Hopefully now we will win more games in a row, which will be important if we are going to catch Chelsea.
"It was a nice piece of history but there will be more goals here and I hope this is not my last one either. I try to score and I should get more, so this one is good for my confidence."
Indeed, it appears that following their fourth consecutive win, confidence amongst the United squad is soaring after racking up needless draws earlier this term.
"It's kicking-on time," said Sir Alex Ferguson.
"No more dilly-dallying. Chelsea are five points in front and we cannot afford to give any more points away the way we did at the start of the season."