Sir Alex praises Ronaldo and his perseverence

Manchester United did win against rock bottom Derby County in the English Premier League on Saturday but they had to wait for a late strike to do so. And who stole the winner for the Red Devils? Who else but one Cristiano Ronaldo!

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Ronaldo’s courage and perseverence in high terms and remarks:

After Derby were thrashed on Wednesday, I think Paul Jewell’s done a fantastic job getting the confidence back in his team. To get that effort he got today is good management.

But after the first 20 minutes we should have been four or five up and that would have made it much, much easier for us of course

You have to admire the second half from Derby, I think they made a real battle of it, but the name of the game is to win and we have to thank Ronaldo again for a fantastically-taken goal.

It wasn’t easy because it came up off the turf, he had to get over the top of it and make sure he kept it down, and it was a really, really good finish. He had a lot of tremendous chances in the match and that was probably the hardest.

I’ve every trust in him. You’ve got to admire the boy, his courage is beyond question now.

I don’t know how many fouls there were on him and he’s got the courage to get up and keep going.

People want to see footballers like that and I think we’ve got to give him encouragement. We say, ‘you do what you’re good at, don’t stop, because that’s what people are here to see’.

United are now level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table but are potentiall 3 points ahead of the Gunners since they do have a game in hand.

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