Premier League - Managers: Fergie credits Scholes for turning match

Mon, 03 Sep 00:50:00 2012

Reaction from Sunday's Premier League games, with Alex Ferguson heaping praise on Paul Scholes for his role in another Manchester United comeback win.

Just the Goals

Brendan Rodgers: "It's about decision making. The goals we conceded, it's got nothing to do with style, nothing to do with systems, nothing to do with the tactical element of the game. We gave the ball away and then we didn't recover well enough to stop the shot. For the second goal, we had enough bodies behind the ball to defend the goal. And we created enough chances but were not clinical enough. There is a lot of good to come from the game but we lost and we need to improve."

Arsene Wenger: "Overall I am pleased with the quality of our performance, offensively and defensively. In our first two games you could feel some potential but we lacked a little spark and that is getting better now. Everybody understood very quickly that Cazorla would not take six months to settle and Podolski is deadly when there is a chance, you see that in training. He showed good team work as well today, and I am pleased for them. Just Giroud needs a goal, but as long as the team wins we know that will come."

Nigel Adkins: "Again, we've put ourselves in a position to pick up points but unfortunately we haven't done. We scored good goals and played some good football at times, the atmosphere in here was bouncing – and that's what we want to produce on a regular occurrence here at St Mary's – but we haven't picked any points up. I've just seen the two late goals again now, and they're obviously both from corners. At the end of the day, they've got first contact on two balls into the box and that is the annoying thing."

Alex Ferguson: "We never give up. Of course, it's in the history books. Well done to the lads for coming back. We do that all the time at our club and I expect 10 like that a season so that's one out of the way! It's unbelievable - it really is. But we didn't start playing until Scholes came onto the pitch with his range of passing, his consistency of passing and his presence turned the game for us."

Alan Pardew: "I can't say we deserved to win and you could argue Villa did. We were a bit funny, lacked discipline and our set-plays were awful. It was a nightmare from a coaching point of view. It wasn't a great day for us [the coaching team] on the sideline. It was frustrating and we were having to change the shape and formation. I don't think the officials helped us - I thought they were poor for us in particular. But fair play to Villa, I take my hat off to them because they worked so hard and can be proud of their performance."

Paul Lambert: "I thought we were excellent throughout to be fair, offensively and defensively. It was a wonder goal which pegged us back but the way we played - the football we played - was very good. They were excellent. You have to remember they are young. But I have nothing but praise for them. The experienced ones too, every one of them in fact, were excellent. I'd rather play football then not. I know you've got to win as many games as you can but I would prefer to play."


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