“There’s no doubt in my mind that in that dressing room they would have been pushing the clean sheet message and that comes from a team performance,” said Ferdinand.
“Fred played a part in both goals, pressing really well. [David] de Gea pulled off two or three great saves, but this game was about no thrills and discipline and had a plan.
“They’re the things we’ve been asking for and this wasn’t a beautiful performance. It was roll your sleeves up, get in your positions and be hard to beat.
“When you have the players up front who are opportunistic and can score goals you’re in with a chance.”