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Man Utd boss Ferguson pleased with Powell performance

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with Nick Powell's contribution in their Champions League defeat to CFR Cluj.

Ferguson made 10 changes from the Reading match, with only Wayne Rooney retaining his place, as he had one eye firmly fixed on Sunday's derby clash with Manchester City.

"A lot of them got some experience tonight," Ferguson said. "Young (Nick) Powell did well, 18 years of age, and Phil Jones, it was an excellent game for him tonight - only his second game in about nine months - so I'm very pleased with that part of it.

"We qualified early (from the group stages) and after that we've experimented a little and given some players a game, given some youngsters experience that will hold them in good stead.

"We go into the next stage as winners but we could face Shakhtar Donetsk, AC Milan, Porto, there are some big names in there.

"We've qualified comfortably, no question of that, but the real tournament starts in February."

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