"We were not going to get involved in that type of value but he is a nice footballer," said Ferguson.
"He is diminutive and clever. He does not have the same athleticism as Michael Essien but it does not make them any less as a team.
"I certainly did not say they were an old team.
"I said they were an experienced team. When players get to their 30s, you do not get a lot of improvement out of them.
"But they have certainly started well enough. They have only dropped two points."