Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson had to watch from the stands as Dimitar Berbatov’s late, late goal beat Bolton at Old Trafford – and he was impressed.

Ferguson praised the character of his players after Berbatov’s 88th minute winner pushed them five points clear of Arsenal at the top of the EPL table.

“That is what the character of this club is all about,” said Ferguson after he started his five game touchline ban.
“No other club in the country has got that. We are fantastic at getting something out of a dead situation.

“We have had five massive games in the last couple of weeks and we have done well. It has been a hard programme and the lads deserve a lot of praise for that.

“This was not a 100% top performance from us but we never gave in.”

United did lose defender Jonny Evans to a straight red card for his tackle on United States international Stuart Holden.

“The referee has seen the player had a bad injury,” said Ferguson.

“Both players went for the same ball, with their feet raised, and Jonny caught the lad.

“Once you raise your feet you are putting yourself in a dangerous area. It was unfortunate but we cannot complain.”