Sir Alex Ferguson hails defensive duo

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the field at the final whistle after beating West Ham 1-0 during the FA Cup third round replay on January 16, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson says that he is happy with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling's "marvellous" display against West Ham United on Wednesday.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Phil Jones and Chris Smalling for their performance in their FA Cup win over West Ham United.

United advanced to the next stage of the competition after a Wayne Rooney goal gave them a 1-0 win in their third-round replay at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Ferguson was just as pleased with the clean sheet kept by Jones and Smalling as he was with the win.

"Absolutely brilliant, the two of them, absolutely marvellous," ESPN quotes Ferguson as saying. "I couldn't be more pleased.

"They have been injured for a while so they needed games and today is going to help them.

"We have several other players who needed a game, Nani and Rooney and Anderson and [Alexander] Buttner, so we have six players who have had a run out."

United will host Fulham in the fourth round of the cup later this month.

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