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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 November, 2004, 18:54 GMT
Ferguson defends penalty decision

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said his team were rightly awarded a penalty at Newcastle.

"Paul Scholes was brought down," said Ferguson, who felt his team should have been awarded at least one spot kick against Manchester City last week.

"But what I said before the game is right, the breaks even themselves out over a season.

"It was a very hard game. Newcastle put everything into the match but some of our football was excellent."

Ferguson added: "Newcastle's equaliser was a bad goal to lose but it was a great reaction and at that point I could not see us losing.

"This is a very difficult place to come to, they are very committed and their fans are fantastic."

Asked whether he thought it would be the start of a good run of form Ferguson said: "I hope so but I cannot forecast the future."

Waye Rooney scored twice and said afterwards that he felt United can still win the title despite trailing Chelsea by 11 points.

"We are still a good enough team to win the title," said the 19-year-old. "But obviously it will be a very difficult job.

"We all believe in ourselves, especially after today as coming to Newcastle is always difficult.

"With Chelsea and Arsenal winning we needed the victory here to keep ourselves in the race."

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