Man Utd manger Ferguson comes up with a new challenge for his strikers
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes little friendly challenges can always help keep the performances of his top players in check. The Scotsman is often found in a bet or a challenge with players from his club.
In the latest episode of this saga, Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged the three main strikers in his squad; Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez to score 20 goals apiece as Manchester United aim for the treble this season.
Manchester United acquired a seven-point lead on top of the Premier League following a 2-1 win at home against Southampton on Wednesday. It appears as if Manchester United already have the Premier League title in the bag, therefore, the English powerhouse should probably start working on winning the FA Cup and the Champions League.
Wayne Rooney scored a brace against Southampton to take his tally to 12 goals for this season. Meanwhile, Robin van Persie has already exceeded the target with 22 goals. Manchester United’s super-sub Javier Hernandez has 14 goals under his belt.
Sir Alex Ferguson believes is Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez join Robin van Persie in scoring more 20 goals this season then Manchester United will receive a huge boost in winning silverware this season.
“Wayne scored (in the 4-1 win over Fulham) on Saturday too and if Chicharito, Wayne and Robin give us over 20 goals each we're in business,” Sir Alex Ferguson said.
“If you look at it my experience of this club and going for championships, there's always a game where you say we were a bit lucky and (the win against Southampton) was one of these nights.
“Winning is the name of the game at this stage of the season.”
Defense fragility can be labeled as the Achilles’ heel in Manchester United campaign for the treble. Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez took advantage of a hole in Manchester United’s defense just two minutes after kick-off.
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea failed to collect a back-pass from midfielder Michael Carrick. The lose defending provided the Saints with their only goal of the game.
After the game had ended, Sir Alex Ferguson was questioned about who was to be blamed for the goal. The gaffer refused to label David de Gea as the man responsible for the goal. Instead, he carried labeled Michael Carrick as the player responsible for the defensive lapse.
“Michael's pass-back was a bit soft. Michael held his hand up - it's great to see that, honest players like Michael saying 'Sorry boss, sorry lads'. It's great,” Sir Alex Ferguson added.