Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson claims lack of “composure” led to Chelsea defeat
Chelsea striker Demba Ba came up with the lone goal, which helped the London club qualify for the FA Cup semifinal. Meanwhile, the Old Trafford boss was confounded over his side’s lack-lustrous performance.
Manchester United came up with only three significant goalscoring chances in the game. Unfortunately, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech denied them the opportunity to score on all three intervals.
After the game Sir Alex Ferguson confessed his side team had no reason to claim victory. The Scotsman explained that while Manchester United had plenty possession his team lacked “composure”.
“We lacked the composure to win the game,” Sir Alex Ferguson told ITV. “We had a lot of possession but didn't make the best use of it, and on the counter they can cause you bother.
“We didn't lose another goal - but I couldn't see us scoring ourselves, apart from Robin van Persie's volley, and Cech made a good save from Chicharito.
“The first half we were absolutely comfortable. I couldn't see them being any great threat, but the goal changed the game.”
Sir Alex Ferguson believes complacency and over-confidence got the best of his players during Demba Ba’s goal.
“We spoke about Ba,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “We had the experience from Newcastle a couple of years back when he scored exactly the same type of goal. “We had to be aware of that movement, and we were caught napping, to be honest.”
From the Chelsea camp striker Demba Ba and goalkeeper Petr Cech were hailed as heroes of the day. Demba Ba lauded midfielder Juan Mata, who had provided him with a “brilliant pass”. Meanwhile, Petr Cech tried to remain humble after his stunning performance.
“I went fast as I could and left my left arm to do the job,” Petr Cech told ITV. “I tried to cover as much space as I could, and luckily I was able to reach it.”
“It was a great win. We know there is only one way to win the cup, and we won the game in a very good fashion.
“We love the stadium [Wembley] and we respect the FA Cup as a whole - that's why we always do well.”