Ferguson settles goal debate in Vidic's favour
Alex Ferguson has settled the great Manchester United goal debate in favour of skipper Nemanja Vidic.
Confusion reigned in the home dressing room after United’s 2-1 win over Liverpool, with most United players believing Patrice Evra had notched his fifth of the season with a powerful header from Robin van Persie’s free-kick.
But TV replays showed Evra’s header struck Vidic on the head, slightly changing course and flying past Pepe Reina.
Evra is bound to want it. However, sensing an improved statistic, Ferguson believes Vidic should be credited with his first of the campaign.
“It is going to the Dubious Goals Panel,” said Ferguson. “It was a great header but I think it is good for us that Nemanja Vidic has become our 18th player to get a goal this year. I will give it to Vidic.”
Evra is unlikely to take that blow to his pride without a fight.
However, of more concern to the Red Devils dressing room will have been securing three more precious points in their bid to secure a record 20th league championship.
They did not reach the final whistle without a few nervy moments for all the dominance they enjoyed after Robin van Persie netted for the 21st time this season.
Substitute Danny Sturridge pulled one back for the visitors and drove another shot into the side-netting as Liverpool scrapped for a point.
“That was as good a performance as we have had for quite a while,” said Ferguson.
The negative was an injury to Ashley Young that prevented him from appearing after the break and could keep him out for quite a while.
Fortunately, Nani is closing in on full fitness after his hamstring injury, whilst Danny Welbeck claimed man-of-the-match honours after being handed a surprise start.
“Danny played really well,” said Van Persie. “He was good in the combinations and played a big part in the first goal.
“A couple of times when we got the ball after they made a mistake he got in and I got in a couple of times.
“He has been brilliant. He is still young and has been really good in training as well. He has been working his socks off. He is a very positive guy. He loves to play football and did really well.”