On the performance…
“I believe we played with a lot of heart and desire. When we played in the Champions League I think we were inhibited a bit by the occasion - it was too big perhaps - and in the second leg we had no chance to play the game. Today we showed we have the quality. We played a lot of authority on the pitch.

"Man United like to play counter attack and I felt we were much sharper on winning the ball back but have the regret that we couldn't score the goal that would have livened the game up - it would have forced them to come out. In the last 20 minutes they made a change to play for a 0-0.”

On being spurred on by United's celebrations…

“The hope is there that we can do. The quality is there as well and you saw that today.

“Deep down you want to be out there celebrating. They were the better team this year and congratulations to them. Let us make sure it in on our side next year. In sport things can change quickly and what we have shown today is that we have the quality to be up there. We have to keep the belief and work very hard. My team have learned a lot and we were not far. Since November we have lost just one game. We were close in the Champions League and the FA Cup, and were remarkably consistent. ”

On a marked improvement on last week…

“At the moment the team doesn't get the credit it deserves and it is down to us to show the same consistency. It is not a victory today but it was very important for our pride.”

On Sir Alex Ferguson… 
“It is an exceptional achievement and congratulations to him. It is fantastic what his team have done this year. The overall achievement is remarkable.”

On Adebayor's absence…
“He has a small groin problem, like Mikael Silvestre. I also wanted to see Alex Song at the back.”

On a flurry of fouls committed against Patrice Evra…
“I believe that no matter in victory or defeat you should show respect to your opponents. The best answer is always to play good football and to give the answer on the pitch. Of course players are sensitive to certain remarks. I felt, though, that we got some cheap yellow cards today.”

On rumours of interest from Bayern Munich…
“[I turned them down] a long time ago. I do not want to come out on any rumours. I am focussed on what I do and that is that.”

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