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."