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Fergie’s 999

All the talk before last night’s Premiership encounter between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers was about the impressive milestone Alex Ferguson was about to achieve of being in charge on his Old Trafford team for 999 league games.

But when the line-up for Wolves was announced shortly before kick-off the subject immediately changed to Mick McCarthy and his random team selection. Having beaten Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0 last week at White Hart Lane with a solid display of back behind the walls, manager McCarthy brought in 10 different players to face Man U, keeping only goal keeper Marcus Hahnemann in position.

During the match, Fergy's landmark team with Rooney and Berbatov up front looked lacklustre and almost tired until the deadlock was broken on the half hour mark after Wolves’ Ronal Zubar handled in the penalty box – leaving 1-0 Man U, Rooney on the score sheet.

From then on it was a dominant display from Man U, with Nemanja Vidic back from injury nodding in number two after 43 minutes and Antonio Valencia making it three in 63 minutes courtesy of Berbatov trickery.

So it was a 999 game milestone evening for Fergie capped off with a needed three points that see Man U level with Chelsea at the top of the Premiership. But it is Wolves boss McCarthy who may need to call the emergency services.

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