It took 76 minutes for Manchester United to find a breakthrough against basement boys Derby County on Saturday, while the previous week had seen them huff and puff but fail to blow the house down against Portsmouth in the FA Cup. Sporting Life reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is getting frustrated at seeing his team fail to convert the many chances that are currently falling their way. With some crucial matches on the horizon, is the Scot right to be concerned?
“Last Saturday, missing chances knocked us out of the cup, and against Derby we made it hard for ourselves because we missed so many again,” said Ferguson on MUTV.
“We were really charitable – it was a lot of chances. Maybe it’s a little sticky spell, but we want to get over it.
“We’ve big, important games coming up, Bolton at home on Wednesday and then Liverpool on Sunday, and we want to start taking chances.
“We are making them, and I suppose that’s the biggest bonus of all.
“If we keep making them, you know at some point someone’s going to suffer. We just have to keep going with that.”
Will Bolton be the team that’s on the receiving end of the backlash on Wednesday night? Ferguson rested Carlos Tevez for the match at Pride Park and the Argentine will be keen to return to scoring ways after a barren spell for the Red Devils. However, it’s possible that they’re continuing to rely far too heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo for crucial goals, with the rest of the team struggling to find the back of the net.