Last updated : 19 January 2006 By Editor

"Rossi and Pique were my plus points tonight. I think Giuseppe is improving all the time. He scored two tonight and made two or three fantastic chances with good passes.

"We've had European and Premiership teams come here that haven't shown anything like the positive attitude Burton showed. Most come here and play one up, stack the midfield and bore the pants of everybody [Just who could you possibly be thinking of, Sir Alex?].

"At least Burton came and played with a bit of belief in themselves. I think if we'd put the gas on we may have turned out a big score but there's no point in humiliating anyone.

"It was a great night for Burton. I was pleased for their manager, Nigel Clough. He has done a fantastic job and will be proud of his team.

"We could have had more goals but there’s no point humiliating anyone. It was played in the right spirit and it was a great occasion for Burton and for us. Now we can look forward to playing Wolves."

Clough said:

"We’ve enjoyed it, it’s been a fantastic day. I'm proud of my players. The experience the lads will take from this will stand them in good stead. There were a lot of young lads and I hope they enjoyed it. They have memories for the rest of their lives now."

Burton chairman Ben Robinson added:

"There were more than 53,000 here tonight and our lads are used to playing in front of 1,600. We’ve come here against a Premiership team and acquitted ourselves very well.

"But our Cup final was in the first game. Tonight was about enjoying the occasion.

"It’s been beyond our wildest dreams, United have made us feel very welcome and the club stands to make £800,000 which will enable us to go on and go forward."

Burton defender Darren Tinson:

2After the first tie, none of the United players apart from Wayne Rooney and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer talked to us. I was a bit disappointed because they were in a sulky mood.

"But this time they were fantastic and they treated us really well."