Sir Alex Ferguson lifted his 26th trophy in 23 years as Manchester United manager on Sunday, his 34th in over all, with the reds beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Wembley.

After going a goal behind after four minutes, goals from Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney gave United the win.

Ferguson has praised the patience of our players in coming back from a goal goal and is pleased with the great support from our fans.

“If you go a goal down early in a cup final you’ve got a job to do, you need a lot of patience,” said Ferguson. “Once we scored we looked a lot stronger. The first half was a real ding-dong battle, it was a soft tiring pitch and it took its toll on the players. I was hoping we could get some tempo into our game, because in the first ten minutes Villa laid down the gauntlet to us and made us turn towards our own goal.”

Our fans were covered in green and gold as part of the anti-Glazer protest, yet the manager was pleased with our contribution to the result.

“The support was fantastic, they are so valuable,” he continued. “Whenever we really need them, they are there.”