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Paul Scholes was quick to point out that the 1-1 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra was a fair result. He said, “It was a difficult game, I think Crewe probably deserved a point in the end, a draw was probably a fair result. We got a good goal, obviously a great kick from Dan [Iversen] and good finish from [Callum] Lang. But in the second-half it was coming, we made a lot of mistakes really which was disappointing, we gave a lot of fouls away and the ball kept coming into the box and we didn't really stop that as we wanted to and we felt the goal was coming and they deserved it.”

“It's always frustrating when you concede a goal. When it is is irrelevant really, obviously being so late on there is not much time to get up the other end and score, but in the second-half we never really looked like we were going to score anyway and give Crewe credit they played well, played some good stuff and thoroughly deserved their draw. We struggled to create a bit today I suppose. It's difficult on that pitch. I don't want to make excuses because I know the players are good enough to do better than what they did today, but we're asking them to play football, asking them to create chances and score goals on that pitch it became difficult to really get any kind of play going that we would of hoped for. I think a draw was probably a fair result in the end. We can't rest too much on this result today, ok it's disappointing they scored late on but we've not lost a game, it's not a complete disaster. There's so many games thick and fast you can't afford to think about what's happened.”

“He's a little bit stiff Callum, we'll have to see how he is, Tuesday might be a bit of a push. He's a young lad and played a lot of football. He's the lad that does the most running every single game as you can probably tell. So we'll have a look at him Monday but I think he'll be doubtful for Tuesday. I've been impressed with Jonathan Benteke in training. I've said to all the lads if you're training well you'll get a chance on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday night and I've been impressed with him. He didn't do a lot in the game today but it's a start for him.”