Man United 4 Stoke City 2: We must start games better, warns Sir Alex
Man United 4 Stoke City 2: Sir Alex Ferguson says the Red Devils must start games better after coming from behind at Old Trafford
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United must stop starting games slowly after the Red Devils came from behind to beat Stoke City on Saturday.
Wayne Rooney turned the ball into his own net to give Stoke an 11th-minute lead at Old Trafford before the England striker emphatically headed past Asmir Begović midway through the first half.
Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck both scored either side of half-time to push the Red Devils clear, before Michael Kightly’s superb solo effort offered Tony Pulis’ side with hope of salvaging a point.
But Rooney netted his 200th club goal with a simple finish to wrap up three points for the 19-time English champions and leave them in touch with Premier League leaders Chelsea.
“We keep starting badly in games, in the first 20 minutes,” Ferguson told United’s website.
“We conceded an early goal against Fulham, an early goal against Tottenham, an early goal today – we’re giving ourselves uphill fights. But there’s a goal threat about us, that has to be said, and some of the movement from the forwards was excellent.
“You don’t want it to happen [going behind] but the forwards are digging us out of a hole at times. Hopefully we’ll get it sorted. It was an own goal, the first goal, and you obviously can’t account for that. The second goal was a really slack goal for us to lose.
“There’s no doubt our attacking play has been the strongest part of our game [thsi season]. But we’re letting in goals at home and that’s disappointing.”