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The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that he will not allow his team to drop the title like they did last season. United have always been regarded as one of the teams that do well in the business end of the season. However, an amazing collapse from the Red Devils in the final few weeks of the campaign handed Manchester City their first Premier league victory last season. United lost the title on the last day of the season on goal difference. The same issue has been cropping up in recent matches, as Real Madrid and Chelsea have been able to take advantage of weak defending.
United have conceded four goals in the last two matches. Hence, there is a lot of questions asked about the defence at United. The club will be playing against relegation threatened Reading during the weekend. The opposition come into the match without a manager at the helm after they sacked Brian McDermott a few days ago. Ferguson has said that he will not allow his United team to commit a mistake like they did last season. He has said that he wants the forwards to start scoring even more goals. United have had several big victories over the last couple of seasons.
“Where I think we can improve is that we don’t seem to kill teams off. We’ve beaten Wigan 4-0 on two occasions but those are the only matches we’ve won by that sort of margin. In a normal season, I’d expect a few more wins by that sort of distance. Last year, we won 5-0 against Wolves, Wigan, Bolton and Fulham, and we beat Arsenal 8-2, of course. We’re not seeing those results this season, however. We haven’t hit those heights,” said Ferguson, whose team have a 12 point advantage in the table.
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The Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea was criticised badly by the media after his error in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham recently, but the manager Sir Alex Ferguson has come to the defence of his players by saying that the media are wrong to criticise the goalkeeper. David de Gea has been extremely sloppy since coming to United more than a year ago. He cost the club £ 18 million for his transfer from the Spanish club Atletico Madrid, and there has been suggestions that United will be willing to cut losses by selling the player in the summer.
The 22-year-old has failed to settle in English football with his susceptibility to crosses being a major cause for concerns. The former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, who is a pundit at Skysports, has been one of the prominent to criticise the goalkeeper. However, Ferguson has leapt to the defence of his player by calling the critics as idiots. De Gea failed to punch a ball clear of the penalty zone in the recent match against Tottenham. The midfielder Aaron Lennon took advantage of this mistake by laying the ball to Clint Dempsey, who scored without making any mistakes equalise the match in the dying minutes.
This meant that United dropped two points in the title race. “I am not getting into that at all. You have to listen to some idiots in the game. I’m disappointed with him. We have not had a good record with him. That is what I have put in my letter exactly. But you know the FA. You never know. It is one of these things. We are high profile. I think the press play its part too. I’m not bothered about what Rafa says to be honest with you,” said Ferguson ahead of the match with Fulham.
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The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he feels that his team are halfway across the prospect of winning the title this season. United are the most successful club in England in terms of the league titles won, but they were pipped to the title last season by the arch rivals Manchester City. In the hope of winning the title ahead of City, United went on and signed the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie for £ 24 million. He has proven to be a major success for the club, as he has 14 goals from just 17 league matches so far this campaign.
He once again helped United cruise to a comfortable victory against West Brom during the weekend after his late goal. United are the leading the match 1-0 going into the final few minutes, but were in danger of being caught by West Brom who were threatening a lot through the likes of Peter Odemwingie. However, Robin van Persie scored a stunning goal in the final few minutes to make the game safe for United. As a result of this victory, United have a seven-point advantage over City at the start of the New Year. This makes Alex Ferguson believes that his team are halfway across the challenge of winning the title.
“We’re in a good position. We’re halfway there. It’s important, though, that we do not sit looking at the league table, admiring our position, positive though it is, because we would soon get a rude awakening. Congratulating ourselves on our Premier League lead doesn’t mean a thing to me. It’s winning the next game that counts,” said the United manager. Manchester United will be taking on Wigan Athletic during the weekend. This was a match that they lost 1-0 last season on course to losing the title.
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The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he is likely to pick the Brazilian midfielder Anderson for the match against West Ham in the midweek. The Brazilian midfielder was one of the most impressive players for Manchester United, as they managed to come back from going on goal down to QPR during the weekend. Jamie Mackie opened the scoring for QPR in the second half, but Anderson played a starring role in helping United scored three goals to win the match 3-1. His contribution has not gone unnoticed after Ferguson suggested that he will be involved in the match against West Ham from the start.
Anderson has been forgotten man in recent seasons due to the emergence of players like Tom Cleverley and due to numerous injury problems he has had in recent seasons. In fact, the appearance against QPR was his first since the start of the season. Ferguson has said that he thought Anderson was the main reason for United winning the match. Ferguson, though, will be without the services of both Antonio Valencia and Nani for this match. Paul Scholes is also not present in the squad for this match due to a suspension.
“I thought Ando won the game for us. His performance was outstanding. He took the game by the scruff of the neck and he was so positive and determined in his play that he picks himself on Wednesday. We’ll see what Antonio is like today and tomorrow. Nani is still going to be out (but) Chris Smalling and Phil Jones were on the bench on Saturday and they’re available,” said Ferguson ahead of the West Ham match. Ferguson has always struggled against teams managed by Sam Allardyce. He has spoken of the physical presence provided by Andy Carroll up front for West Ham.
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The Deportivo La Coruna manager Jose Luis Oltra is of the opinion that the Real Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo’s performances have not been bad since he has said that he is not happy at the club. The 27-year-old Portuguese international recently said that he was not happy with the life at Real Madrid, but failed to disclose the reasons for being sad. It is said that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to sign a new contract that would make him the highest-paid player in the world. He is currently earning around € 8 million net, but is looking at around € 15 million net in order to put him above the former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o.
His instability has also transferred to the other players at the club, which has been spoken of as one of the reasons for the very bad start to the new season. Real Madrid were expected to be in touch with Barcelona at the top of the table, but they are a massive eight points behind the Catalan club. They will be facing Deportivo La Coruna, while Barcelona have already moved level on points clear of Real Madrid following their 3-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday.
“I look at his statistics, his games, and I do not see any sadness. That he did not celebrate a goal, that he is sad, I must respect that because I do not know his motives. If he had not said anything we would not have noticed from his performances. How do you stop Cristiano on the counter-attack?. If you sit very deep they cannot counter, but then you give up other things. We must try and not lose the ball often, get back quickly, cover and help each other,” said the Deportivo La Coruna manager ahead of the match with Real Madrid on Sunday.