March 5, 2009

Ferguson: Newcastle Win Proves United Not Feeling Pressure Sir Alex Ferguson was in relaxed mood after victory at St James' Park.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased to see his side beat Newcastle United and insisted his side had not felt any pressure before the game despite seeing title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool win yesterday.

The Red Devils had to come from a goal behind to claim all three points at St James’ Park, a victory that restores their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

Peter Lovenkrands opened the scoring for the Magpies before Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov handed the champions a 11th straight victory.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Ferguson insisted that victories for Chelsea and Liverpool yesterday had not affected his team’s performance.

“The team that plays first and then get a result, then the team that plays next will always says there’s pressure on them,” said the Scot.

“We’ve had that for years it’s never going to make much difference to us really whether we play before or after.

“We rely and trust the players to show their patience and show their experience and they’ve been through this time and time again it’s not like it's something new to them.”

Despite only winning by a solitary goal, Ferguson said he believed his side had fully deserved their win despite a strong display by the Tynesiders.

“We’ve come to Newcastle and it’s not an easy place and I think we’ve got quite an emphatic victory in the sense of coming back from one nil down and controlling the second half,” explained the United boss.

“I think tonight that we faced a different type of challenge.

“A Newcastle team pumped up, very aggressive, tackled everywhere, they really put a lot of work into their game.

“You’ve got to give them credit for that and we’ve withstood it and managed to get a result.”

The reigning champions are now seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, having played a game less than second-placed Chelsea.

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