Fergie shows Simpson the way
Some kind words from Sir Alex Ferguson were responsible for Danny Simpson's display against Newcastle.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 14/01/08 5:29pm
Some reassuring words from Sir Alex Ferguson were responsible for Danny Simpson's fine cameo appearance against Newcastle.
The academy graduate came off the bench to produce an assured display during the 6-0 demolition of the Magpies on Saturday.
The full-back probably should have opened his goal scoring account for the club after wasting a couple of glorious chances, but he admits that he was just happy to be playing.
His last Premier League appearance had come against Everton back in December, a game which saw him replaced at half-time after struggling against Toffees winger Steven Pienaar.
However, instead of relegating the youngster back to the reserves Ferguson has kept faith in Simpson and is now reaping the rewards.
"It didn't go too well against Everton but the manager just told me to learn from it," said Simpson.
"In that kind of situation, you can either hide or work harder to prove you are a Manchester United player.
"It is a test of character and some people do fold. Hopefully, if I get another opportunity, I can do just as well."
Simpson certainly has the players in front of him to help him develop. Wes Brown and Gary Neville are both England internationals in his position, and Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo will more than likely line up just ahead of him down United's right side.
"Sometimes, Cristiano puts in a performance and you think 'he can't get any better than that'. But he does," Simpson said.
"At times, he is simply unplayable and Saturday was one of those occasions. It was all happening so quickly, I didn't even know what the score was at one point."