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Fergie Blasts The Team But He Also Made Mistakes

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that Liverpool deserved to beat us at Anfield yesterday as we were outfought and outmuscled by the hosts.

"My overall view of the match is that Liverpool were the far better team," he told MUTV.

"They tackled us, got about us and harassed us, forcing us to make mistakes, and we didn`t cope with that well. That was the source of our defeat."

"But the two goals we lost were absolute shockers; the defending was very, very poor. People will think they are watching a Conference side when they see the highlights.

"Apart from Rio Ferdinand, we did not have one good performance on the pitch. We were out-thought."


He added that if we don't sort out the physical aspect then we'll struggle mightily at Stamford Bridge, too. Like it or not this current United side is uncomfortable against these hard-working champions of stamina, like Liverpool and Chelsea.

But yesterday, it was Fergie's fault as well. He should have known it was going to be a physical game yet he opted to start Scholes instead of Fletcher or Hargreaves though both would have been more effective.

Second, he made the crucial subsitute: Carrick's injury was not his fault but why send on Giggs? Why not Fletcher or Hargreaves? The answer is of course obvious but it's another baffling thing.

He sent on Giggs because we were playing 4-4-2. Why the sudden return to it? We have the perfect squad to play a flexible 4-3-3. Rooney could be stuck out to the flanks but not as a right midfielder, he should be playing further up front. Tevez and Rooney could have played the flanks with Berbatov in the centre and a three-man midfield of Anderson, Carrick then Hargreaves and Fletcher supporting them.

But no: Anderson was stuck on the left where he was uncomfortable - supplied a few nice passes though - then Giggs came in to keep the shape of the 4-4-2 which was discarded in 2007... Is it experimenting again? Is the week where we face Liverpool, Villarreal and Chelsea is the best opportunity for experimenting?

Injuries and suspensions forced Fergie's hand in recent weeks and it's hard to find a settled team in this circumstances but the constant experimenting with formations and player positions is going on since a long, long time. This one is a very successful era right now but we played the best football of it in the autumn of 2006 where we had a settled starting eleven, every player knew their position and the system worked seamlessly. Van der Sar; Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Scholes, Carrick, Giggs; Saha, Rooney - this team provided football that was unrivalled by United since.

Best football of last season? The few weeks when Anderson and Hargreaves made the midfield their own and we had Nani/Giggs, Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo orchestrating the attack. You know, the time when we scored four goals per game... Something like that should be the aim, not constant chopping and changing.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 14 2008

Time: 9:26AM

Your Comments

Very honest article. I actually thought Anderson played better than Ferdinand yesterday but I'm a Liverpool fan so I doubt you'll agree with me!
Aamir
Also i feel we haevnt had a "cmfortable" match for some time now. Like you say, the kind where you cruise to a 4-0 victory in style, ala Arsenal yesterday. Its hard to see though how we will ever have a settles team as you say when we have the likes of Berbatov, Tevez and Rooney fighting for striking postiions and Hargreaves, Carrick, Anderson and Scholes for another. Its hard to say, buyt maybe its time to start blooding the new genration...let players liek VDS, NevillE, Scholes and Giggs provide backup on the bench and perhaps expericne in the big games. Anyone agree?
united4life
Aamir, I agree with you. I thought Anderson was the best player followed by Rio.
Paulinho
champions of stamina - us! is that how you view us?
merlin
With VDS as much of a liability as robinson, scholes well over the hill and giggs way down in the valley, it's time for major changes if you're hoping to keep your title. Will the stubborn demented one see it that way? Very doubtful! Someone who spends over £30 mill on a below average mid-table plodder has lost it. Reigning champions should be buying thoroughbreds not carthorses if they intend to compete with the rest. Levy has really foooked ferguson with that shrewd piece of business
bseymour
It is very clear that Manchester United need to find a proper replacement for Carlos Quieroz because Ferguson is just too old to do this job on his own, and that fella they put in the 2IC job just doesn't have the tactical savvy.
Shannon
jesus guys 3 matches. steady on...
united4life
fergie seems to want to attack but it proves you need better defenders and another Keeper.
Tiny T
ohhh Liverpool we love you
ched78
what the..........there is alot of things in this article that are just BS, i am sorry. Anderson did very well at LM, if anything he went invisible after he was moved to the middle. also i think Fergie was right in playing 4-4-2 but the only problem was the players positions, ROONEY should NEVER have played RM, i would have player berba and rooney upfront with nani on the right
Reddevils4ever89
what about tevez...if your choosing people on recent performances, he would trump rooney.
united4life
Perhaps Carlos Quieroz was the real mastermind, we will see it in the next games.So far, Red Nose fielded unbalanced teams with Rooney the most missplaced.I feel very comfotable for us on Sunday.
German Blues Brother
 

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