Football: `Incredible goal'

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ALEX FERGUSON, the Manchester United manager, praised Ryan Giggs's winning goal as fantastic and said his side was better than Arsenal in the first game and the replay.

"It was a goal of genius - as good as John Barnes' for England against Brazil and Ricky Villa for Spurs in the Cup final against Manchester City," he said. "But in the context of a game like this I would have to say it stands alone. It was an incredible goal and an incredible night - just fantastic."

He had no complaints about the dismissal of Roy Keane for a tackle on Arsenal's Marc Overmars, and he saluted the grit of his players for playing through injuries.

"We knew right away it was rash tackle. He [Keane] walked away right away," he said. "The players have played in agony to get the victory. Ryan Giggs has injured himself near the end, also. There's a lot of pain in the dressing-room."

His opposite number, Arsene Wenger, said: "I am very sad today because it was not our night. That's football. I would like to congratulate Manchester United. They were fantastic."