Man Utd boss Fergie: We struggled against Arsenal’s long balls

Ferguson said: “We controlled the first-half possession-wise but when we went ahead, maybe we sat back and played 10 yards deeper.

“I sent on Louis Saha for Henrik Larsson with 10 minutes to go to use his pace up front. The players worked hard and there’s not a lot I could fault them with.

“I couldn’t see any danger throughout the whole day. But Arsenal resorted to long balls which is unlike a normal Arsenal team. When they tried their normal passing game our midfield coped well.”