A Wayne Rooney double and Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea means that the current champions are back at the top-flight summit, which is a relief to the Scottish coach, especially after losing at home to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League on Thursday.
“It’s a surprising day for us I suppose,” the United manager told Sky Sports.
“I’m happy to be there because only a few weeks ago we were five points, and at one time seven points, behind and now we’re a point ahead.
“So we’ve turned around eight points and it’s a credit to the players and also to the resilience of our squad because, as everyone knows, we’ve had a lot of injuries.
“I don’t care about being top of the league just now. More important was our own performance.
“We needed that performance after the disappointment of Thursday. But the players played fantastic football today and I was really, really pleased with that part.
“In particular I thought our two centre-backs were absolutely brilliant today.
“Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand – fantastic performance by them. I think when you get that solid foundation, you can go into other things in terms of the attacking part, and there’s no concerns over what’s happening at the back,” he concluded.
United travel to take on Bilbao in the second leg at San Mames this Thursday, before facing Wolves next Sunday.
By Gareth McKnight