Fergie: We won but were very ordinary
Published 20:36 16/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson was disappointed with his side's performance in their 2-0 Europa League win over Ajax in Amsterdam, but was pleased with the result.
Goals from Ashley Young and Javier Hernandez during an improved second half ensured United head into next week's second leg at Old Trafford in full control of the tie.
"I'm delighted with the scoreline," said Ferguson. "It was a very ordinary performance from us though. We didn't hit any great heights.
"We improved in the second half and probably deserved to win it in the end. I know Ajax can make it difficult with the system they play, but we didn't get any tempo into our game.
"It was not a brilliant performance, but good enough."
Despite that, Ferguson expects to progress to the next round, where they will face either Lokomotiv Moscow or Athletic Bilbao.
"It gives us a good opportunity, but we won't take it for granted," he said. "But at home at Old Trafford we have a good opportunity to get through."
Hernandez, however, denied United had virtually booked their place in the last 16.
"We know it is a leg of two games. We wanted a great result and thankfully we got the two goals," he told Channel 5.
"We know Ajax is a difficult team, they have history in the European cups.
"We know there is 90 minutes more. We can't say we are through yet."