Sir Alex Ferguson slams careless United


Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thought his side's second-half display in the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa was poor.

After a goalless first half, United trailed by two goals before hitting back to salvage a point thanks to late strikes by Federico Macheda and Nemanja Vidic.

After the draw, Ferguson said:"We controlled the first half and had a couple of good chances.

"But in the second half I just think it was carelessness on our part. Our passing was poor. Normally we can control the match. We didn't control it. We are a club though that never says there is no way back.

"We brought people on (Macheda and Gabriel Obertan) and they changed the game in fairness to them.

"There was a great life and adventure about them. Macheda scored a great goal and, with another five minutes, we'd have won the game.

"I could have taken any of ten players off because we didn't perform well. We came back well but it was too late and we shouldn't have been in that position. I expected us to do better in terms of our play.

"You've got to give credit to Villa for their battling qualities. They were enthusiastic and made it a very difficult day for us.

"They were playing at a high level of emotion and deserved the result. They tackled everything. A lot of the tackles were unfair but the referee allowed them to go."

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