The Straits Times
Published on Jan 06, 2013

Fergie hails 'world-class' Van Persie, Giggs


LONDON (AFP) - Alex Ferguson hailed the last-minute contributions of substitutes Robin van Persie and Ryan Giggs as "world-class" after they combined to keep Manchester United in the FA Cup.

The Premier League leaders were seconds away from a third round exit at West Ham United before van Persie scored a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw.

Giggs, who had just headed a seemingly easy chance over from close range, sent a 60-yard pass over the home defence and van Persie then beat West Ham goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen from a position on the right of the penalty area.

"We missed some good chances, with headers over the bar and Shinji Kagawa had one blocked on the line, I thought it was not going to be our day," Ferguson admitted. "But you have to say the pass from Ryan Giggs, then the first touch from Robin and his finish were world class."