Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United are strongest in attack

The 70-year-old manager was delighted with Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney as they combined to beat CFR Cluj 2-1, and suggested his side's power lies in the forward positions
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie after the duo combined to lead his side to victory at CFR Cluj in the Champions League.

The 70-year-old saw his team narrowly overcome the tough Romanian outfit, with Pantelis Kapetanos putting the hosts ahead with a shock early goal.

However, United regained their composure, with Rooney assisting Van Persie twice to ensure United left Transylvania with all three points - and while the Red Devils may be suffering defensive and midfield injuries, the attack looks just fine to the manager.

"The strength of the squad is in the attacking positions," he told ITV.

"The pass and the finish [for the second goal], both were equally as good. It's a fantastic finish but what a nice ball Wayne has dropped - I thought it was too far, but Robin has done well to get to it."

Sir Alex refused to be be drawn in to whether this was the start of a prolific partnership for the pair, instead preferring to make a point of having a number of options available to him.

He added: "It's difficult to say [if this is a partnership]. I hope so. I think there's combinations between a few of our players."

The Scot also complemented Cluj on their attitude throughout the match, and insists that despite a nervy encounter, any victory away in Europe is always a good result.

"If you see the way they kept going until the end, they put a lot of telling crosses into the box which kept us under pressure, kept us on edge," Sir Alex said.

"I've got to be pleased with the possession, the concentration was really good tonight.

"Apart from the goal, we've defended really well tonight, David [de Gea] made a good save towards the end, so I've got to be pleased. Coming away from home in Europe is never easy, and they've a good home record here."