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What On Earth Is Sir Alex Talking About?!

Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson believes United were better in the second half than in the first against Aston Villa on Saturday.

'We were camped in their box for a lot of the second half and had some really good chances. We only needed to take one to get us back in the game and it might have changed from then on; it was just one of those days when it wouldn't go in,' he told MUTV.

'I think we deserved something from our second half showing. There wasn't much in it in the first half and there were chances at both ends. They probably just shaded it and deserved the goal. But we pummelled them after half-time and had a lot of good opportunities but didn't take any.'

We had plenty of chances in the first half, certainly, especially Rooney's effort that rattled the crossbar and we were much more incisive and penetrating in the first 45 minutes. Granted, Villa also had chances, the biggest coming from a horrible mistake by Fletcher but why on Earth does Fergie think that our second half showing was better?

I really cannot understand. Berbatov had two golden chances, yes (one miskick, one excellent save from Friedel), he could have had another great opportunity had Rooney weighted his pass perfectly and Downing cleared the ball from the line after a Vidic header. But in all, we were sluggish and out of ideas throughout the second half and never looked like scoring.

Throughout the first 45 minutes I felt that we could score at any time. In the second half this feeling evaporated quickly, leaving only frustration. I'm actually convinced that Fergie's mistakes made it easier for Villa to hold their advantage - which they did well, abandoning the more adventurous style shown in the first half. If the manager does not feel that the team lost some of its creativity and thrust after the interval then we have reasons to worry... he really should have noticed.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 13 2009

Time: 7:52PM

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we all make mistake it just bugs me that we seem to make them when losing.
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13/12/2009 20:41:00

The one thing I'd say and I am a fan of Sir Chewalot, he's achieved what everyone else can only aspire to, but hate losing or not (and managers/players/fans should hate losing) you have to show grace in defeat, he showed none and showed himself up. Ho hum!
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14/12/2009 09:30:00

Rooney was pure class, however I feel sorry for him beacause he has to play with Berbatov & Valencia who looked shocking, and a combined value of 47m - joke. The icing on the 'Villa cake' was Fergie screwing about three minutes extra time. Talk about short memories Alex, and a sense of poetic justice. Laughing all the way back down the M6.
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14/12/2009 09:31:00

He's right - United were the better team in the second half - just not clinical enough and we defended well (again). Stig - to think we snapped up Milner/Young/Downing for a combined fee of about 30m, it makes Fegies recent transfer dealings look shocking. For the first time on Saturday - I looked at out midfield against Uniteds and thought to my self - Id pick our 1st four ahead of United. Strange that but I'd imagine everyone else would even United fans.
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14/12/2009 10:16:00

Winners never show grace in defeat. What was it the late Vince Lombardi said "Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser." Works for me at work and works wonders for Sir Alex. 4-5-1 should never be played at home. Easy to blame Berbatov but he has been out injured prior to that and the mundane internationals, he was playing well. Everyone can have a go at Berbatov if they like but at the end of the day he isn't the worst 30 million player ever that accolade goes to Shevchenko. I like Valencia he had a poor game but he's settled better than most people expected (myself included) I just hope he learns to use a that left foot of his. I mean what was the training regime at Wigan? OK Lads if you find it to hard to use your weak foot just go back to using the stronger one!
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14/12/2009 10:38:00

Someone mentioned Rooney being Pure class ? I guess no one saw the dive, my opinion of him has nose dived thought he was better than that.
Villa 4 Ever
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14/12/2009 13:32:00

dont get me wrong, no class in diving, but that a side he practically ran the show in comparison to some of his lazy team mates.
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14/12/2009 14:33:00


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