Man Utd boss Ferguson: Fantastic fringe players proved their quality

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was happy with his squad players after their Carling Cup win at Aldershot.
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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was happy with his squad players after their Carling Cup win at Aldershot.

Tom Cleverley made his comeback from injury and captain Nemanja Vidic also returned, while several of Ferguson's fringe men put their hands up for a starting spot in Saturday's Barclays Premier League game at Everton.

He said: "They'll always give me nudges. It's difficult picking a team when you've got so many good players.

"We have a fantastic squad. That's why I had to play these players tonight. They need the games, they've not had many first-team games to be honest with you because the consistency of the team has been very good - we've not needed to make any changes.

"But there's Michael Owen - every time he plays, he scores. It's a fantastic record he's got.

"He's a fantastic professional. Dimitar Berbatov had a fantastic game tonight and scored a tremendous goal from great football.

"So they've all done well, Valencia, Thomas Cleverley back is a good thing for us because the boy's an outstanding footballer.

"Vida's got another 90 behind him. I think he needed it. Until he got his breathing going, he was feeling it."

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