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Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Manchester United had been fortunate to win the Carling Cup – and said that his team owed their triumph to goalkeeper Ben Foster. "It wasn't an easy day for us," the United manager said after collecting the 32nd trophy of his reign at Old Trafford. "I think we've played better this season. But cup finals aren't easy. Tottenham were good opponents and probably had the better chances. Ben Foster had two or three excellent saves."

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United struggle to man their defence for Inter tie

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Fletcher happy he stayed at Manchester United

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Ferguson vows to stick with youth at Wembley

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Fabio to provide United with twin threat

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Manchester United boosted by Ronaldo return

Cristiano Ronaldo trained with his Manchester United team-mates this morning and could be involved in tomorrow's Champions League encounter with Danish minnows Aalborg at Old Trafford tomorrow.

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