Ferdinand - We deserved it
Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United ran out worthy winners over Chelsea in their two-legged Champions League clash.
Last Updated: 13/04/11 2:31pm
Rio Ferdinand insists Manchester United ran out worthy winners over Chelsea in their two-legged UEFA Champions League clash.
The Red Devils secured their place in the final four of the illustrious competition on Tuesday with a 3-1 aggregate success over their Premier League rivals.
Although Didier Drogba cancelled out Javier Hernandez's opener on the night, Park Ji-sung settled any nerves with a second within a minute of Chelsea's equaliser.
While Ferdinand knew Chelsea would be a tricky proposition at Old Trafford, he has praised their character for finishing the job on home soil.
"I thought we were convincingly the better team over the two games," he told Sky Sports.
"We knew Chelsea was going to be a tough game for us. They weren't going to come, lay down and take the result.
"We worked hard. We pressed. We were on the front foot I thought and looked the more likely team to score and we did.
"That takes character and I think we've got that in abundance in this squad.
"We've been in situations where we've needed people to step up and produce something to get us out of a hole.
"They'll have been thinking we'll get at them now for the next 10 minutes, but we kind of put the game to bed with the next goal straight away."
Team-mate Michael Carrick felt Park's goal straight after Drogba's leveller finished off any hopes of an unlikely Chelsea comeback.
Sir Alex Ferguson wanted his players to maintain their momentum and Carrick believes they tackle Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final full of confidence.
"We always expected a tough game," said Carrick. "We knew their strengths.
"The players they have they can score at any given time, like they showed.
"We had to concentrate throughout the game and play near our best. It was crucial to score straight after them to sort of kill it off.
"It could have been a frantic last 10 minutes if we had not scored that second goal.
"The boss has spoken about momentum and carrying that through. We've managed to do that and we'll prepare for Saturday now."
The aggregate success over Chelsea maintains United's quest for the Treble and full-back Patrice Evra insists they are taking things one game at a time.
"We never say we have to win the Treble. We just say we have to win the last 10 games," commented Evra.
"Every game we have to win. Every game is like a final. If we win the Treble I'll be the happiest man in the world.
"We don't put that pressure on ourselves. We just want to win every game. Every game is like a final."