Manchester United need to be more clinical – Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson feels Manchester United should have beaten Aston Villa by more than just one goal on Saturday

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles
sir alex ferguson
Ferguson's side are five points behind league leaders Manchester City The Sport Review

sir alex ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson urged Manchester United to be more clinical after their narrow 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

United centre-half Phil Jones scored the winner after 20 minutes and the visitors could have added to their lead but Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney spurned late chances.

And although the Scot admitted his satisfaction with the win at Villa Park, he fired a warning at his players over their wastefulness in front of goal.

“I thought we deserved the victory. We had great possession at times and I think we were a bit wasteful with chances we had in the second half,” said Ferguson, whose side remain five points behind league leaders Manchester City.

“But a win away from home at Villa Park – which is always a difficult place to come – is a good result so we are happy.

“I think we should be finishing games off and I’d like to do that, but the one good thing is our concentration levels away from home.

“In fairness to us, I thought we controlled the game. Some of our football was good, there were some good performances from the lads and there was a good rhythm in our game. It’s a good passing pitch and I always enjoy coming here.”

It was United’s fourth 1-0 win in their last five games but despite the lack of goals, Ferguson maintains his side are playing attractive football.

And the 69-year-old is particularly impressed by United’s unbeaten record away from home this season.

“We have certainly showed good concentration in the last few away games, particularly defensively. Yes, we could do better in the finishing department but I think consistency will help us in terms of confidence.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Gary Neville: What I really think about Man United’s 2-1 loss to Man City
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Champions League draw: Chelsea, Man United learn their last-16 opponents
The Sport Review
2017 WTA review: Halep, Svitolina, Venus Williams and more gripped fans all the way to Singapore
The Sport Review
Mourinho doesn’t want Man United to sign Ozil, claims ex-midfielder