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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 November, 2004, 21:58 GMT
Ferguson joy as Man Utd qualify
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United are moving into top gear after they qualified for the Champions League knockout phase by beating Lyon.

Goals from Gary Neville and Ruud van Nistelrooy gave United a 2-1 win.

And Ferguson, celebrating his 1,000th game in charge, said: "It was an excellent performance. The confidence and rhythm is coming back now.

"I was ecstatic with the second half. There was a lot of composure and of course Ruud scored another for us."

Ferguson added: "Lyon are a very good side, undefeated this season, and it always takes a lot to beat a side like that."

The Old Trafford boss enjoyed celebrating his career landmark with a win, admitting: "There wasn't a pressure, but certainly a hope everything would fall right for us.

"All day I was a bit nervy I suppose, you think that it could fall flat, that you could lose the game, but I kept saying to myself: 'Look's, there's the 999 before it, and in games of football you can lose them,'

"The fans' reaction was terrific and I'm proud of them."

Van Nistelrooy limped off with a calf strain and is a doubt for the game at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Ferguson said: "Ruud is feeling a calf strain and he was the same on Saturday. We will have to have a look at it and maybe leave him out on Saturday."

Report: BBC Five Live's Mike Ingham

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