Following United 1-0 win over Birmingham thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal, Sir Alex Ferguson claims he expected a game like that given that newly promoted teams feel as though they have a point to prove.

“I think it’s typical of the start of the season with teams like Birmingham,” said Ferguson. “They’ve got a point to prove. They’ve just come out of the Championship, they’re desperate to stay in the Premier Division and they gave a very determined performance with everyone behind the ball. It’s very difficult to break down, and that was noticeable with the amount of shots we had blocked inside the box. I think we did enough. We had clear possession of the ball, we had some good opportunities, played some good football at times and, generally, I’m satisfied with the result.”