Sir Alex Ferguson admits its ‘agony’ to see Manchester United fall behind
Manchester United has been hailed as the ‘Comeback Kings’ this season. However, the fact of the matter is that their defensive frailty has gone unnoticed because of their ability to inspire goals under pressure.
Had Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. lost a couple of more games this season and all blame would fallen upon Manchester United’s weak defense. Manchester United’s nail-biting 4-3 victory over Reading on Saturday questioned the strength of Sir Alex Ferguson’s back line.
The Old Trafford boss admits it was ‘agony’ to side fall behind three times in the opening 23 minutes of a topsy-turvy first half at the Madejski Stadium. Manchester United had to score four times in order to confirm their three points from the game, which also secured their top spot in the Premier League.
“It was agony, the worst defending of this season, and we needed to do something about it,” Sir Alex Ferguson told ESPN. “I thought it was going to be a record score in the Premier League at halftime. It was unbelievable.”
“We’re needing to rescue the situation all the time. Fortunately we have players who can do that. We saw it through and had two really good opportunities from Robin (van Persie) to finish it off but I was just glad to get over the line. If we defend like that against Manchester City, I might need to play myself.”
Manchester United’s defense has been breached a total of 21 times this season. The defense department is coping with young players and the veteran Rio Ferdinand in the absence of injured center back Nemanja Vidic, who also happens to be Manchester United’s first captain.
Manchester United will be on the road against their archrival Manchester City next weekend. Sir Alex Ferguson and Co. will need to keep in mind that Manchester City have let in only 11 goals this season.
Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie came to Manchester United’s rescue once again against Reading. Wayne Rooney scored a brace and Robin van Persie scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
“We could have been battered today, but thankfully we are always scoring goals and that is rescuing us every time,” Sir Alex Ferguson admitted. “Wayne was fantastic in the first half, as were Robin and Ashley Young. Reading couldn’t control them.
“We should have finished the game off with some of the opportunities we had. In the first half, I said to myself that it would be a miracle if we win this one. I’m just glad that we did.”