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Man Utd's Ferguson pleased by narrow CL win

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased after Wednesday's1-0 European Champions League win over CSKA Moscow.

The Red Devils had to wait until an 86th minute Antonio Valencia before breaking the deadlock but Ferguson was happy with the patience his players showed to eventually get the result they travelled to Russia for.

"We are very pleased with our performance," said Ferguson.

"The situation in the group is now nine points. I have always maintained that you need 10 to qualify.

"We now have a home game against CSKA in two or three weeks' time which we hope can take us to the next stage."

Ferguson said he was not worried that it took his side 86 minutes to score, preferring to revel in the fact they notched up another three points.

"In the first half I think we played with a lot patience, which is necessary when you are playing away from home," he added.

"Experience in these sort of situations is always vital.

"In the second half I think we increased the tempo of the game and got more penetration.

"We created some good goal opportunities and if we have to wait to the 86th minute, so be it.

"We had to have the patience to win, and we did that."

Andrew Slevison
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