Crawley Town boss Steve Evans admitted his team will rue missing a glorious chance to beat Manchester United.
Crawley dominated the second half and were unlucky as they saw an injury time header hit the bar, rather than drop in the net.
Evans said, “It looked like a big chance. Some of the boys said they thought it was in and I think a few of the United players felt the same way.”
“We go home disappointed tonight. We really thought we could win.”
Wes Brown’s first half header settled the game in the end, but a second string United team were given a good run for their money by non league outfit, Crawley Town.
Evans, not the first non-league manager to visit Old Trafford hoping for an upset, was particularly impressed with Sir Alex’s welcome for him and his team.
“He gave me a proper Glasgow welcome,” reported Evans.
“They way he and his club have treated us makes me proud to be from the same city.
“He gave me a bottle of wine to share with my wife and overall, it was a fantastic experience.
“It was an education how to treat people. It is why they are the best club in the world.”
Manchester United called upon the services of Wayne Rooney after a poor first half but he was unable to add to United’s lead and was largely starved of service.
Talking about Rooney, Evans added, “He is a fantastic footballer.”
“He played one crossfield pass that I didn’t even see, and I was stood on the touchline.
“Perhaps he got a bit frustrated at times with a lack of service. He is a caring young man but he instantly made Manchester United better. That is why he [Ferguson] brought him on.”