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Ferguson happy with work-rate

United boss admits Nani red card was correct decision

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 10/02/10 11:21pm

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with the way his side worked after going down to ten-men against Aston Villa.

The Red Devils went a man down in the 29th minute when Nani was shown a straight red card by referee Peter Walton for a foul on Stiliyan Petrov.

With the score already at 1-1 thanks to a Villa goal from Carlos Cuellar and an own goal from James Collins, the scene was set for an onslaught against the away side at Villa Park.

However, United stood up tall and worked hard to ensure they dominated certain spells in the second half, and Ferguson was pleased with the performance.

"Everyone on the pitch worked their socks off and played fantastic football," he told Sky Sports.

"We should have won the game. I think we were the better team and with ten-men for certainly a long time - fair credit to the players they were absolutely brilliant.

"I think we had a good thrust in the second half, we just didn't quite get the ball in.

"We wanted to win the match, that's what this title is about.

"We're in good form, the team. I think we've been very consistent tonight in terms of performance level.

"We never dropped and I think we can be very pleased with that."

Suspension

Nani will now face an automatic three-match suspension following his dismissal, meaning he will miss the Carling Cup final against Villa.

Ferguson admits the winger was correctly sent off but was happy with the way Antonio Valencia performed after coming on at half-time.

"It's a red card - he's gone in double footed and you can't do that," he added.

"It was a naïve tackle, he's not a malicious player as we know but nonetheless it left the referee with no option.

"The funny thing is we felt (we should have got a foul) seconds before it when Gabriel Agbonlahor went in with his foot raised on Wes Brown.

"We didn't get the foul, the ball goes into the direction where Nani tackles and I'm afraid it was a bad bit of luck for us.

"I must say Valencia coming on was absolutely brilliant. He did fantastic.

"I think in fact he changed the game for us. He started penetrating and beating the left full-back time and time again."

Giggs injury

Ryan Giggs, meanwhile, has been sent for an x-ray on an arm injury he suffered at Villa Park.

Giggs injured himself in a clash with Steve Sidwell during the second half of United's 1-1 draw and immediately clutched his arm.

The veteran Welshman was replaced by Dimitar Berbatov and left the stadium with his right arm in a sling, with Ferguson confirming the hospital appointment.

"We have sent Ryan for an x-ray to see if there is any damage," said Ferguson.

"It is very painful but hopefully he is going to be all right."

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