It's good to be back! Rooney and Fletcher revel in United win on return to action
21:41 GMT, 26 September 2012
Wayne Rooney and Darren Fletcher both spoke of their delight after making long-awaited returns to the Manchester United starting line-up in Wednesday's Capital One Cup third round victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford.
Rooney had been absent since suffering a nasty gash to his thigh against Fulham last month while Fletcher was making his first start for 10 months as he battles to overcome a chronic bowel complaint.
Both played important roles as United claimed a 2-1 victory, with goals from Anderson and Tom Cleverley putting the Red Devils two clear before Newcastle substitute Papiss Cisse pulled a goal back for the visitors.
Welcome return: Darren Fletcher (left) made his first start in 10 months
'It's been just over four weeks since I last played and I'm delighted to be back out on the pitch playing, and it was a good run-out for me and hopefully there's a lot more games to come,' Rooney told Sky Sports.
'I feel good, obviously it's always difficult in your first game back after a few weeks but it's great to get the minutes under my belt and hopefully that can benefit me.'
Fletcher, who was named captain for the evening, added: 'It's great to be back, it's been a long time so it's just good to be back, especially at Old Trafford and back in a winning team as well.'
Return: Wayne Rooney (left) has recovered from his injury
The Scotland international also
heaped praised on his team-mates, including young centre-back pairing
Scott Wootton and Michael Keane.
He said of the two defenders: 'They were fantastic, talking to me the whole game. For two young centre-halves playing against good strikers, they were fantastic.
'All of them were, I thought it was a good team performance tonight and we could've scored a few more goals.'
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said of the victory: 'I'm very pleased, first of all to win a tie in this all-Premier Division clash. Newcastle probably had a stronger team than us physically but we played some fantastic football and I'm pleased with that and I think we deserved to win.'
On the performances of Rooney and
Fletcher, he said: 'Excellent, both of them. Wayne obviously tired
towards the end, but that was to be expected. I'm very very pleased,
they've done very well. They've all done very well.'
Edging through: Manchester United beat Newcastle at Old Trafforfd
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew felt his team deserved more.
He said: 'I thought we played terrific, some of our young lads today would have got a lot of confidence from that because I thought we were as good as United for an away team.'
'I thought it was a great game and I think we perhaps deserved a bit more than we got.'