The Argentine, who started on the bench, but could be fully fit in time for the weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, picked the ball up on the edge of the penalty area and drifted past several defenders, before firing high into the net.
Players from both sides squared up as tempers frayed toward the end when United failed to put the ball out of play when Silva was down with a hamstring injury that Mancini said was likely to keep him out of the Chelsea game.
Ferguson wrote in his program notes: “How do we analyse this season — is it one of regret or celebration? For me it’s something of the proverbial curate’s egg, part bad, but with some great redeeming features.”
He would agree Monday’s result was not one of them.