Hodgson revealed he had spoken to Premier League managers, including Ferguson, before the match.
"I make certain I let them know my thoughts on what I'd like to do," said Hodgson. "When I spoke to Alex, Wayne Rooney was coming back from an injury and he said he benefits from playing. Smalling too.
"He was concerned about Cleverley and Welbeck who have played a lot of games for him and have a lot of games coming up, not least Real Madrid. I might have stolen 15 minutes for Welbeck, but I hope he'd forgive me."