On the game...
"It was a difficult first-half against a committed West Ham side. They were well organised, they won many 50-50s, they were quick on the ball and we got caught on the break. In the second-half we played at a higher tempo and our combinations were better. West Ham dropped a little bit and then we were able to make the difference in the final 20 minutes."

On Aaron Ramsey's performance...
"He improves from game to game. I set him a target at the start of the season to play between 15 and 20 games and it looks like he will get that very quickly. He has a chance to play at the moment. He can play on the flanks and at full-back. He is physically very strong, quick and has a good stamina. He is a good dribbler but of course his best position is centre midfield because he is a goalscorer as well."

On if the FA Cup still matters...
"For me the FA Cup matters, the team I picked today was because I wanted to win. But the problem we have is we played Sunday against Aston Villa, Wednesday against Portsmouth, today, on Wednesday against Bolton and on Saturday against Everton. We cannot play with the same 11 players. To win the FA Cup matters."

On Jack Wilshere's development...
"I am not worried for him he just needs to play. At the moment it's difficult for him to go on loan because we have nine players injured. We need some players to come back before he can go out on loan, I will wait until the end of January."

On what he might do in the transfer window...
"I have the money, I have the desire but I do not have the player."

On the tackle on Diaby in the second-half...
"It was a little bit high. Diaby is a tall player so to touch his shoulder you must be looking for the ball in a high position."

On Eduardo scoring again...
"He is slowly coming back. He has been out for a basically a year. Football is not like an engine where you start and drive off at 100mph. Everybody comes back slowly and that is what is happening with him. He is getting better with every game."

On the transfer window...
"It depends how the big guns will move. I am speaking about Manchester City, Chelsea and where they buy. If they buy from English clubs the market will be busy. If they don't buy from English clubs I think the market will be very quiet because there is not a lot of money around."

On Manchester United's defeat to Leeds...
"I saw the first-half and felt that it was very good to see Leeds play the way they did. They played very good football and I don't know what happened in the second-half but at the end of the day you are happy for the team who deserves to win. Manchester United won't gain a great advantage in the Premier League, it is more with the Champions League that the FA Cup is conflicting. The Fifth Round is just before a Champions League game and before that we play a lot in midweek. I don't think at the moment Manchester United have gained an advantage in the title race."

On Alex Song's departure for the Africa Cup of Nations...
"We will miss him because he's an important player. In the system we play he plays in front of the defence and we will have to find a new balance without him."

On Denilson's injury...
"He will have a test tomorrow [Monday] and on Tuesday if he is fit he will be available for the game on Wednesday."

On drawing Stoke in the Fourth Round...
"It will be down to us to turn up and perform and then we can win at Stoke.'

On if team selection could be a problem with the Fifth Round being just before the Champions League...
"It depends how many players return from injury. Today Andrey Arshavin, Denilson, Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott were out and then there are players at the back who are out. Arshavin should be available for Wednesday but today he had a foot problem. I don't know how long Walcott will be out for because he has a rib injury and they are always difficult to predict. Last time he had it on the right and this time it is on the left. Last time he was out for nearly a month. We hope that this time it will be much shorter."

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