Many people expected Manchester United to make short work of Arsenal on Sunday, although few could imagine that the Red Devils would score eight times against the Gunners, with the champions running riot from the moment Danny Welbeck took advantage of slack defending to open the scoring.
Sir Alex Ferguson was clearly delighted at the final whistle, although he did feel a degree of sympathy for his opposite number, with Arsene Wenger having had to field a weakened side as a result of player sales and injury.
“I think it is unfair to criticise him,” he said. “The job he’s done for Arsenal and the philosophy he has – he has given Arsenal some very entertaining players.
“He’s also sold well and looked after the Arsenal coffers. People forget these things. It’s a cynical world now and when you lose a few games the judges come out.”
Wayne Rooney passed the 150 goal mark for Manchester United on Sunday after plundering a hat-trick, with the striker set for a memorable season.
“The performance today was incredible and we deserved the result,” Rooney said.
“Whether or not Arsenal have a full-strength squad every time we play them we have a go and try score. They had some players out but that should take nothing away from us.”