England international praises return to form of goalscoring hero Rooney and insists that Ancelotti's men have ridden their luck in previous meetings at Stamford BridgeManchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admitted that his side might have been lucky not to concede a late penalty in their 1-0 Champions League win over Chelsea.
Despite admitting Patrice Evra’s late tackle on Ramires could have resulted in a penalty, Ferdinand did insist that his side were due some good fortune at Stamford Bridge.
“Maybe it was a penalty, maybe it wasn’t - it’s swings and roundabouts and it all levels itself out over the season,” Ferdinand told ITV after the game.
“I’ve not had a chance to look at it, but if the guys think it’s a penalty then maybe it should have been. They’ve rode their luck a few times here over the years. And it was about time we got a bit of luck here.”
Wayne Rooney’s first-half strike gave United their first win at Stamford Bridge since 2002 and Ferdinand believes that the key to victory was the way the side retained possession.
“To get the ball and keep it," said Ferdinand of his side's gameplan. "The first half we retained the ball quite well, not so much in the second half. You have got to come to places like Stamford Bridge and defend well if you want to come out with anything.
“Today, every single one of the players defended with great intensity.”
The England defender also praised Rooney’s performance and believed that the striker has started to return to his best form in recent weeks.
“He’s a top quality player. Today he showed touches of brilliance, great touches, awareness and a great finish. He was buzzing around all over the pitch today and it was good to see.
“It’s been showing over the last few weeks in glimpse. He’s got the ability to do wonderful stuff at any time in the game and today he was consistent throughout the game and when we’ve got that, he’s some player to play against.”
Despite admitting he was pleased to secure a first-leg lead over Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Ferdinand did however warn against complacency in the second leg.
“It’s still in the balance," he added. "It was a good result for us tonight but it’s nowhere near over. We’ve got to go back to Old Trafford, defend well and stay on our feet and make sure we close it out, don’t concede a goal and go through.”
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