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Ferguson hails United old guard

LONDON, February 8 – Sir Alex Ferguson saluted Manchester United's old stagers after his side returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 win at West Ham on Sunday.

RYAN_GIGGFerguson picked veteran midfielders Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes for the testing trip to Upton Park because he wanted as much experience as possible against the in-form Hammers.

His decision was vindicated as Giggs scored the second half winner, while Scholes gave a typically industrious and intelligent display.

Another of Ferguson’s old-guard – goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar – was also in the spotlight as he set a new British league record for minutes without conceding a goal.

"Obviously the cleansheets are going to be a topic but we haven’t changed the emphasis of our game. I thought we had some fantastic possession of the ball," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"We felt we should have our most experienced players because this has always been a difficult ground for us. Ryan and Paul Scholes have been here so many times, they know the temperament you need. Carrick, Tevez and Ferdinand are former players here as well and that really helps. It is a fantastic atmosphere, they really get behind their team, so we’ve beaten a very good team."

This was United’s 13th successive cleansheet and his side are fast becoming experts at grinding out 1-0 wins, but Ferguson insists he hasn’t sacrificed the club’s purist principles.

"The players we have on the pitch are attackers. Cristiano (Ronaldo), Dimitar (Berbatov), Carlos (Tevez) and Ryan (Giggs)," he said.

"What the back four really do is focus and concentrate on their jobs. They’ve got patience and they are quick and of course the goalkeeper is fantastic. I’m proud particularly for Edwin. At his age he has achieved everything. You can see the way they are motivated by the cleansheets. It has given us an extra edge."

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Giggs has now scored in each of his 17 seasons in English league football and is the first player to reach that mark. He insisted it was an even more memorable moment as the goal came with his right foot.

"I suppose it’s even better because it was with my right foot. I normally get a right-footer and a header each season. I’m just happy to score the winning goal," he said.

"I’ve said before if you get cleansheets, we’ve got players who will score goals. We’re not given much away at the back and we know we’ve got players to create chances. Edwin and the lads at the back have been brilliant.

"I hope we are hitting form at the right time. We’ve got players coming back from injury and after the international break we’ll have players back. We’ll need them with the Champions League, FA Cup and league games coming up."

West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola said there were positives for his team.
"It’s a good sign that it’s been a close game – our goalkeeper (Robert Green) made only one save," said the Italian.

"But that’s the difference when you play the best team in the world – make one mistake and it’s costly. I’m very happy with the performance from my players – Manchester United defended very well."

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  1. Lydia

    May 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This article is great and informative…I recently discovered that I have severe symptoms of Olfactory reference syndrome…(ORS). But all my life av always been telling my self that…I had a serious smelling problem that I could not smell myself…so av been asking all my friends/relatives if they smell anything …they always say no and that am loosing it av even gone to the gyna..had a few teeth removed done hygiene soaps but nothing. Knowing that the  condition had a name “ORS’ was my salvation…So I would like to know whether we have therapy sessions for treating such a syndrome in Kenya…Your help will be highly appreciated. Regards

    • Troubled brotha

      June 1, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Lydia, I’m with you on this. It’s almost brought my social life to a halt! I ask around if I smell and get a ‘No’, but I get reactions from people around me all the time – Holding their noses and/or clearing their throats, coincidences?
      I need a session ASAP or to be-friend someone with a very very very keen sense of smell (those people who’d give a dog a run for its money) and get constant reassurance.

      Lydia, can we be friends?

      • Lydia

        June 4, 2012 at 8:06 am

        I can’t say am relieved to hear that you have been experiencing the same problem cause this is a situation that I wouldn’t wish even on my worst enemy.
        But I would like us to meet/communicate  Asap. 
        Thanks I will be more than glad to be your friend
        My email is [email protected]:twitter .com
        of course its a dummy mail address  av just created so contact me as soon as you are able to . Thanks

  2. kim

    June 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Permanent solution to halitosis is use a tongue scrapper to clean your tongue you can get it in major chemist like yaya center then always brush your gums well and tongue and get a mouth clean.One way to test how mouth is smelling is lick the palm of your hand rub it and then smell  have a fresh day.

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