Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said the win over West Brom on Sunday, which took the Red Devils to the top of the Premier League table, was just the tonic after the Europa League setback they suffered in midweek against Athletic Bilbao.

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United climbed to the summit thanks to a 2-0 defeat of ten-man West Brom, with Wayne Rooney netting a brace, while City slumped to a 1-0 reverse against Swansea. Both teams had lost Europa League fixtures in midweek, but it was United who showed no scars on their return to domestic action.

"It was a good performance and we needed that after Thursday," Ferguson told Sky Sports. "We should've scored a lot of goals today. It makes such a difference when you don't let goals in - our two centre backs were terrific today, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand, a fantastic performance by them."

The Scot claimed that United's recent resurgence in the title race was due to the mental toughness of his squad. "Only a few weeks ago we were seven points behind them," he said. "We've turned round eight points which is credit to the players and to the resilience of our squad."

Ferguson played down any fitness concerns around Danny Welbeck, who came off towards the end. "He thought he felt his hamstring tighten, but the next minute the pain had gone," he said.