I am absolutely proud of the lads and the supporters

Last updated : 16 January 2010 By Tony Scholes
The Manchester United manager pointed to the miss from David Nugent just four minutes before United went in front. "If he'd scored then, Burnley would have had something to hold on to," Ferguson said.

"I think we got a wee bit of a gee up then, and when the crowd gets up it makes a difference to our game. It wakens the players up. We had more speed about our game and I think we finished well.

"It was a funny game. We were frivolous with our chances and they had chances themselves. It could have been embarrassing. We were maybe just a bit nervous and anxious about our game, but the way the second half was going I just felt we were going to score.

"You need that goal to break open teams like that, particularly teams who are settling in at Old Trafford with men behind the ball. They played with three central midfield players, which causes problems at times. A 3-0 scoreline was maybe a bit unfair on them, but I don't think unjustly so."

New Burnley boss Brian Laws got a superb reception from the travelling Burnley supporters and also got a performance from his players. "I have so many major plusses today and I have seen so much I can work with and work on.

"I am absolutely proud of the lads, and the supporters today. I thought we were absolutely outstanding in our commitment, desire and the drive in which the fans got behind everyone.

"For an hour I thought we were comfortable and I don't think at any time we looked nervy. We kept the ball well and with purpose and we attacked with venom.

"Not many teams will come to Manchester United and create as many chances as we did, but unfortunately key moments in these games can cost you. You have to take your chances and Steven Fletcher and David Nugent had two great, great chances.

"It would have been interesting to see what reaction we got from them because we kept them really quiet for an hour. Unfortunately, when people see the result they will see it as a one sided game. But everyone here knows that wasn't the case and we should have got something out of the game.

"If we continue in that same vein we will stay in the Premier League - I am confident of that."

Speaking about league debutant David Edgar, Laws said: "Great credit to David because that's his first start for a long time, but I have to find out what these players are about and I have to be brutally quick with my decisions because of the transfer window.

"If the players here are to impress, they have to do that against the best and I thought he and Michael Duff, along with many of the players today, showed me what they are capable of.

"If there is something we can work on it's that we are very gung-ho at times, and we have to be aware of that. I just thought the last twenty minutes we started to overstretch ourselves and at times there were half of our team in their box, which is great to see, but a bit undisciplined and that is something I will be working on."