Sunday, 23rd January 2011 

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has saluted his team for their 5-0 destruction of Birmingham City at Old Trafford yesterday, explaining that the early goal the hosts got set the stage for a convincing win.

Dimitar Berbatov put United ahead after just two minutes, then adding a second after 31 minutes. With a Ryan Giggs goal in added on time at the end of the first half, Ferguson’s side went into the break 3-0 to the good and looking comfortable. Berbatov completed his hat-trick in the second half, while Nani got in on the act with 15 minutes to go.

"It helps when you score an early goal", Ferguson told MUTV. "Getting one after a minute forces the opposition to open up. They have to face the game from a different perspective and we capitalised on that. It was a good score at half time, and I was able to take Patrice Evra off and give him a break, bring young Fabio [da Silva] on. Then I was able to take Ryan Giggs off because we’ve got a big game on Tuesday."

On Tuesday, United travel to Blackpool in what is one of their games in hand. Should Ferguson’s side win at Bloomfield Road, they will extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points.


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