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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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Fergie hails team effort as Rooney grabs goal

Sir Alex Ferguson hailed the all-round team performance after watching Manchester United brush aside West Ham 3-0 at Old Trafford.

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Wayne Rooney ended his scoring drought with a penalty before further goals from Nani and Dimitar Berbatov completed an easy win.

"It was a very, very good performance, our possession of the ball was good and we maybe could have scored more," Ferguson told ESPN.

"It's always the case when you get the first goal that's what opens the door for you. We had to wait a while but we didn't stop playing our football and we deserved to go in front. It was a terrific goal from Nani and I'm very pleased with the performance."

Rooney had not scored since March but had no problem stroking the ball home from the spot in the first half.

"The performance was the thing that stood out for me," Ferguson said of his star striker. "He enjoyed his football today, he was full of energy which was good because he's not had a lot of football lately with a virus that has meant he has not trained. But he looked much more like himself.

"But this was a very good team performance. Everyone wanted the ball, they were looking to pass, looking to move, a good collective performance."

Nani believes the comfortable win will boost United's confidence after they were held at Fulham last week.

"I think we are winning more confidence," he said. "Every player, Rooney, Berbatov, me, today we showed we have the confidence to score a goal and it's very good for us, so I think after this game we will be better."

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