Last updated : 12 August 2004 By Editor

SAF: "You have to be pleased to win away in Europe. After a bad start for us it was very pleasing to recover and go on and win this match.

"We knew they were a good team, there was some good forward play and we always had to be alive and alert.

"I am pleased with the team's positive performance and it gives us a great opportunity at Old Trafford.

"Roy's contribution tonight was about his experience and to give confidence to those around him, that was the reason I played him there.

"I felt we still needed a positive presence in midfield and apart from that John O'Shea did very, very well on the ball for us.

"The last thing we wanted was to give away an early goal but we have been through it before and the most important thing was not to panic.

"Apparently there was a phone call to the hotel saying there was a bomb but obviously it was a crank.

"The police searched all the rooms but it was nine o'clock so it was not a problem - the players just had a slightly earlier breakfast than usual."

On new signings: "I think that since Alan Smith walk through the door at Old Trafford he has been absolutely sensational.

"He was a real handful for the Dinamo defenders, he made a great contribution and has been a tremendous signing for us.

"We were keen to have Miller involved and we brought him on when Darren Fletcher started to tire.

"He showed great assurance and confidence and did really well. He was a bonus for us."

Dinamo manager, Ioan Andone: "I am very sorry because we did not have a great game. Unfortunately after we went 1-0 up we did not know what to do.

"In the second half Manchester dominated the match. They created more opportunities, hit the post and we know it will be very difficult for us at Old Trafford."

Alan Smith:
"We have got a positive result. They started brightly, but we found our rhythm and started to play some good stuff - and could have got more goals.

"I was a bit unfortunate (shot that hit the post), but we are happy going back to Old Trafford with a 2-1 victory.

"We can't underestimate them in the second leg. But the lads stuck together, and it is a good win for us."