Match Quotes

Last updated : 25 November 2007 By Editor


Ronaldo had a little strain on the inside of his thigh and Nemanja [Vidic] missed Serbia's game on Wednesday while on international duty

"We'll see what they are like for Tuesday but they were not fit for Saturday.

"I think we had enough players to win that game, there's no question about that.

"But Bolton did make a lot of chances and they worked really hard for their victory. You cannot deny them that.

"We didn't make enough chances to say we deserved to win the game. If we had scored we would probably have won it but we needed to score.

"We have to react to losing the game. It's in the history and nature of our club and we have the right set of players to do that."


"I told him [the referee] exactly what I thought and he didn't like that. Some referees don't like the truth. I just told him how bad I thought he was and he didn't like that. But the game was becoming a shambles.

"I thought they were overly physical. There were two or three dodgy tackles and you hope the referee is strong enough to handle it, but he wasn't. It was a feisty game. They set an aggressive tone and we were looking for protection from the referee but didn't get it. It became a shambles, in the first half there was foul after foul after foul.

"We got involved ourselves, giving silly little fouls away and we didn't want to do that. We wanted to keep passing, wanted to keep the momentum going, keep the passing going. You've got use your intelligence to beat teams like that. They battled for their lives, that's part of their game and you expect that, but we should have had more protection from the referee and we didn't get it. It was a battle."

Giggs (on MUTV):

We're obviously disappointed but we have to move on now. We have a game on Tuesday and we have to go out and perform. We need to get back on track as soon as possible. We've done it before and we have to do it again."

"We've played without them this season plenty of times and got results. I don't know what it was today. We just didn't perform the way we know we can, the way we were performing before the international break.

"We didn't create many chances and that's disappointing.

"We got ourselves into good positions but were lacking some composure in the final third. In tight games like this you have to punish their mistakes on capitalise on your own good play - we didn't do that."


"We were third from bottom of the table.

"I asked my team to be aggressive.

"The worst tackle was by a centre-forward (Davies), who is not a particularly good tackler.

"We have to compete. That is the idea. You won't get me criticising my team for that. You would only get complaints if they don't.

"The referee saw nothing untoward. He didn't send anyone off."