Ferguson Praises Rooney's Impact
Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson hailed the introduction of Wayne Rooney from the bench as the inspiration for their 2-0 FA Cup win at Aston Villa.
The third-round tie appeared destined for a replay until Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring nine minutes from time and Rooney sealed the win late on.
"Wayne changed the game when he came on. He brought us thrust and enthusiasm and direct play," Ferguson said.
"He attacked defenders and made a heck of a difference to the game."
Under the watchful eye of England boss Fabio Capello, Rooney came off the bench to score United's second at Villa Park and said he was always confident his side would progress.