After knocking Manchester City out of the League Cup, Sir Alex Ferguson has praised the players and fans.

“It’s a derby game, and you like to win your derby games,” said Ferguson. “The atmosphere tonight, and the fact it was a semi-final tie, added a lot of spice to the match. And the fact we scored so late in the game brought a special type of celebration. I think we kept our patience, I think this was important. Nothing really happened in the first half. They sat very deep. What we said at half-time was to keep playing our football and keep spreading our play. I am proud of the team. I also must pay tribute to our support. They were unbelievable.”