Ferguson: I was right to rest Rio

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson maintained he was right to rest Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, despite his defence conceding two early goals to give him a scare against Braga in the Champions League.

"I think you have to look at the bigger picture," Ferguson falteringly told ITV's Gabriel Clarke after United's 3-2 win. "Rio at his age, we've got a big game against Chelsea on Sunday. It's important to use the squad that we have.

"Putting Michael [Carrick] back there - he's not the best but he did the job well."

The United boss was also full of praise for two-goal striker Javier Hernandez, who forced himself into the reckoning for a regular starting spot with a performance which inspired his team-mates to victory.

"He's improving all the time and he's got such great enthusiasm for the game," Ferguson said of the Mexican. "He's got me thinking, I must say that."