Manchester United must defend better, warns Sir Alex Ferguson
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson warns his side that they can ill afford to keep conceding early goals
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Manchester United side they must sure up their defence if they are to prise the Premier League trophy away from Manchester City this season.
The Red Devils were forced to battle back from two goals down to beat Aston Villa last weekend, marking the eighth time United have fallen behind before going on to win games this term.
And Ferguson, whose side are top of the Premier League table and two points clear of their derby rivals, knows the Old Trafford outfit cannot afford to keep falling behind.
“Certainly after last Saturday’s experience we don’t want to lose two goals and be having to fight back all the time,” said Ferguson, whose side travel to Norwich on Saturday.
“That’s certainly an Achilles heel on the one hand this season. The fact we’ve got players who can change the course of the game is certainly a big advantage to us. When Chicharito [Hernandez] came on last week the game changed completely.
“You actually don’t expect it. You don’t expect to be behind by two goals. That’s the part that you always find difficult. It’s not that we underestimate anyone – it’s just that we don’t expect a Manchester United team to be behind. You’ve got to go into games believing you’re going to be two goals ahead rather than two behind. But it has happened a few times this season.
“We’ve been two goals behind against Tottenham and we were a bit unlucky not to come back. But it won’t happen all the time. It’s not definite that you’ll come back from 2-0 down. And this is the area we are going to improve on. We are going to defend better. We don’t want to lose the advantage of what we’ve experienced last week.”
Ferguson also confirmed that Robin van Persie is expected to be fit for Saturday’s trip after shaking off a thigh problem, while Wayne Rooney (ankle) and Jonny Evans (groin) remain doubts.
“We’ve still got some doubts about Wayne and Jonny Evans,” said Sir Alex. “I think Robin should be fit. We’ll see what they are like today but there is a doubt.”