FERGIE PRAISES BLANC AFTER EVERTON "TEST"
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The United boss was particularly pleased with the performance of debutant Laurent Blanc and wide men Quinton Fortune and Luke Chadwick, although Juan Sebastian Veron pulled the strings throughout.
"They had us on the back-foot for a bit," admitted Ferguson.
"We got casual and lost our impetus. Sometimes this happens to us.
"We lost our concentration and Everton kept it up but I thought their goal could have been handball. We had to see through it.
"But we got a better scoreline for us, in the end.
"It was a great performance in the first half, a lot of plusses. Fortune and Chadwick, in wide positions, were very pleasing.
"Blanc and (Wesley) Brown had a real test and (Kevin) Campbell and (Duncan) Ferguson were a threat for periods, but we came through well.
"They did cause us problems but I was very pleased.
"Blanc has great composure and experience, plus vision of the game."