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Sir Alex Ferguson relieved after Manchester United see off Sunderland despite late comeback

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson was left relieved after a late Sunderland fightback almost prevented Manchester United from seeing out a comfortable victory at Old Trafford.

United went ahead after 15 minutes through Robin van Persie and doubled the lead three minutes later, thanks to a superb Tom Cleverley finish.

Wayne Rooney made it three on the hour mark but former United striker Frazier Campbell netted with 20 minutes left and the visitors could have had more.

“Sunderland could have had two or three towards the end, it could have been embarrassing,” Ferguson said.

“I don’t know if we were relaxed or Sunderland picked up the baton 20 minutes from time.”

United came into the game off the back of last weekend’s Manchester derby triumph and looked confident for much of the contest.

Rooney continued his fine vain of form and Nemanja Vidic’s return to action was met with a warm reception by the Old Trafford faithful.

He also reserved special praise for his star summer van Persie, who got the ball rolling and notched the 1,500th goal at Old Trafford under Sir Alex.

“For an hour we were fantastic,” added Ferguson.

“Some of our football was very good and we could have scored lots of goals. But I don’t know what happened after that.

“I don’t want to pick out one player but Robin’s movement was fantastic and always kept them on the back foot.

“Wayne could have scored four goals today; he hit the bar and missed two or three in the first half. But he has got his goal and that is important for us.”

The Reds remain six points clear of Manchester City in the Premier League and are in good form with the busy festive season fast approaching.

“We will try and keep the momentum going and consistency going,” said Ferguson.

“Hopefully by the time New Year is over we’ll be top of the league.”

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