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Sir Alex Ferguson: "It will take [Nemanja Vidic] a bit of time but that is a start. He is a warrior and he is our captain. He always battles for you and sticks his head on that ball in the penalty area. That is what he is great at. A lot of our football was fantastic and some of our interchange play was terrific. I don’t know if we relaxed when we went 3-0 up or if Sunderland got a grip of the game, but towards the end they played very well and could have scored two or three goals. Some of our play was fantastic and we should’ve scored more. Tom Cleverley’s goal was a marvellous piece of interchange play, a first time finish and a really superb goal which epitomised the way we were playing at that point. I’d no complaints for an hour and it was wonderful to watch."
Martin O'Neill: "Steven [Fletcher] hurt his back in the warm-up before the game. He twisted it in some way and it was causing him a few problems. It got more painful in the last 10 minutes of the first half and he couldn't continue. We would have to be seriously looking to try to strengthen our side [in January]. You only have to have look at the back of the programme to see that we don't have great numerical strength. But you are going to get injuries and suspensions. It is up to us to cope with them. It was going to be hard enough without giving a couple of poor goals away. But there is still a decent spirit about us. We lack many things in the game but the spirit is still there and has not been broken."
Alan Pardew: "I look at us and I have been in runs with other teams and I have played in some teams as well where you don't feel you can score, and that's a real worry, when you don't think you have got a goal in the team. But you have to say over the last three or four games, you can't say that about us. We look like we have got goals. We are just missing a bit of concentration, a little bit of resilience. At 2-1, we were really, really in a game there with a team who you couldn't say had played poorly. They were right at it, Manchester City, so there are a lot of positives for us. Unfortunately, it's zero points and that's putting us under pressure now going into QPR, which we know here is a big game now."
Roberto Mancini: "The message [sent out to Manchester United] is only for Christmas on December 25. The season is long. He [Ferguson] knows football better than me. He knows that this championship is not finished when there are only three games to the end. Now that we have 24, 23 games to the end, it is open. It's important because when you come from a defeat - any defeat, but particularly against United - it's important to start to win quickly and we started here where I don't think a lot of teams can win."
Brendan Rodgers: "I think that will be the growth and the process with the group - it's never linear, it's never straight up. It's a disappointing result for us and performance, which I didn't really know where that was coming from because it's out of context with the way we have been performing. We had the opportunities to be two or three goals up early on in the game, but were careless with our final ball and didn't end up taking the chances. It's always the danger if you don't take the opportunities, you can get punished. Aston Villa came and defended well and when they got the goals, they weren't having to come out and chase the game. It was important for us to try and get the first goal today, to try and get Aston Villa out, but it wasn't to be. We didn't quite have the intensity and the quality to our game today. We just need to take that as a bad day at the office and move on."
Paul Lambert: "I think the whole performance was fabulous, the goals were excellent as was the way we defended. I thought we were excellent. The goals were brilliant: the second goal, with the movement and the backheel, especially. Benteke has been unbelievable while Andy Weimann knows where the goal is, he's a natural finisher and his enthusiasm and work ethic are second to none. The back three were terrific and put their bodies on the line when they had to. I am pretty sure Liverpool will give anyone a game here. It is just about trying to hold your nerve and trying to see it through, which is what we have done."
Tony Pulis on Marouane Fellaini's headbutt on Ryan Shawcross: "I don’t think you can hide behind anything. What Fellaini has done is wrong. What I’m more concerned about is this is third time this season this happened to us. There was the Luiz challenge on Jon Walters, the Clark tackle on Glenn Whelan last weekend and now the three incidents which have occurred today. The referees have seen the challenges by Luiz and Clark, but what I want to know is whether Mark Halsey has seen these this afternoon. I like Mark, I think he’s a good referee. But if he has seen them, I want to know why he hasn’t acted. I thought the rules were set out in stone.”
David Moyes: "I would expect us to get the punishment, we'll accept whatever punishment is given out for it. I've told him in the dressing room it's not acceptable and whatever he's handed out, he and us deserve it. There is no absence yet but he is a really good player and a big part of the team and that is why I think the biggest disappointment, if anything does happen, is that he will have let the team down. I only normally complain if I think we are getting hard done by and I have said a few things about how I think we have been treated by decisions recently. So I think if you are going to talk about it with your own team... it should have been a sending-off in the game. If the referee had been able to see it, it should have been."
Harry Redknapp on Adel Taarabt: "[He has] fantastic ability, he was amazing. He is an amazing talent, we all know that and we have all seen it since I went to Tottenham, no-one ever doubted his ability or his talent. I decided I had to get him in a position where he wants to play. He has been playing off the left but I played him in the hole, off the front man and tried to get him between the lines - play little balls in those holes to him and every time he got the ball they were in trouble. I thought we were the better team and it would have been a travesty if we had conceded another goal in those hectic couple of minutes went they pushed [Brede] Hangeland up and bombed it into our box. When you have not won, psychologically the players must have been thinking 'oh my God' when they have got the goal and they think an equaliser is going to come, it must have been difficult. It was difficult for me watching that last four minutes and they must have felt the same but we hung in there and got the result we deserved."
Martin Jol: "I'm very disappointed with our style of play - I can complain about the goals but especially first half we never looked to earn the right to use our quality. We looked a bit rigid. On Monday we had players in midfield, like they had Adel, they need to travel and do something extra. We didn't do the simple things or play in the flow. I wanted to give 10 of the 11 players who played last week the chance to do it again but there were too many players not there. The second goal for example was very cheap and easy and the second was a deflection. We tried to get in their half and the passing was sloppy and they could break us away from home. Our two central midfield players could never get up the pitch and support."
Chris Hughton: "Fortunately for us Wes has signed a new deal and he has earned it and not just for this season. He was excellent and to see Wes get a headed goal was worth the entrance fee alone. Wes capped off a really good all-round team performance. We should really have been more than the one up at half-time and when they scored, then there was a concern. We made a bit of hard work for ourselves but I thought over the 90 minutes we thoroughly deserved it."
Roberto Martinez: "It was a nasty challenge [by Bradley Johnson on James McCarthy], one incident off the ball. The referee has seen it and has given Johnson a yellow card. It is one of those actions you don't want to see. James McCarthy has been in good form and they took him out of the game, which is very disappointing. It is his ankle ligaments, we will X-ray it and get the results from the scans very shortly but I doubt if he will be available for the next 10 days. I felt with our second-half performance we merited something out of the game but it was a self-inflicted defeat."
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