Proof that the best manager of a generation has the respect to admit defeat to worthy winners.
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ALEX FERGUSON has finally broken his silence on the chastening defeat Manchester United suffered at Anfield last Sunday.
The United boss, who refused to speak to the media after the 3-1 reverse, has belatedly admitted the Premier League leaders were comprehensively outplayed by Liverpool.
“I have no excuses for the poor performance at Liverpool, who were the better team and deserved their win,” Ferguson said.
“I was disappointed because we didn’t perform to the level I expect and which, to be fair, we generally achieve.”
Defeat dented United’s hopes of winning a record 19th title and Ferguson admits he’s wary of being caught by Arsenal in the run-in.
They are three points clear of the Gunners but have played a game more.
“Last season they faded around the February to March period to leave Chelsea and ourselves in a two-horse race that saw us pipped at the post by a point,” he added.
“I think most pundits expected to see something similar this season, plus a challenge from Spurs and Manchester City to make it even more difficult for Arsenal to get back up to the top.
“But Arsene Wenger and his players have rearranged the pecking order somewhat to come storming through to lie in second place.
“Clearly they represent the main danger to us achieving our ambitions in a revival of the rivalry of a few years ago.” (Liverpool Echo)
Having been under a self imposed media ban Ferguson must have been champing at the bit to talk after his side’s defeat to Liverpool and has now finally come out and discussed the issue. We would have expected the Old Trafford boss to mention that awful tackle by Jamie Carragher on Nani but he kept quiet on that one, which is a surprise.
It is magnanimous of the Scot to admit his side were outplayed by a side who are getting into gear under the management of Kenny Dalglish, a man who has all but extinguished the memory of the Roy Hodgson era. The new Anfield boss has begun to get the most out of some of the club’s under performing stars.
Raul Meireles has been a player reborn, Glen Johnson similarly so and Luis Suarez is beginning to find his feet and perhaps the choice to revert Dirk Kuyt back to his striking role may also be a master-stroke?
Ferguson on the other hand needs to steady the ship. After a great unbeaten run the club has suffered three defeats in five matches and the Man United boss will have to get his side back into shape before all their hard work is undone.
Wayne Rooney continues to struggle to find form, Dimitar Berbatov has also dipped since his great start and perhaps the decision to bench the Bulgarian for a few weeks was a mistake? Without Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic the defence looks creaky but Javier Hernandez is a bright spot of late.