Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has called on his side not to dwell on Saturday's FA Cup semi-final defeat.

The Red Devils boss has instead urged players to focus on getting back to winning ways in their hunt for Barclays Premier League and Champions League trophies.

Following the weekend’s crushing 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester City, United must quickly turn their attention to Tuesday’s league encounter with Newcastle United.

"It's a major game on Tuesday up at Newcastle," Ferguson told MUTV. "It doesn't matter when you play, you know you've got to recover and get on a winning streak again."

Reflecting on Saturday's encounter, Sir Alex continued, "The first 15 minutes after half-time cost us the game.


"It's disappointing as we should've been ahead in the first half as we were the better team. I had a feeling whoever scored first would win the match."

Yaya Toure opened the scoring when he capitalised on sloppy defensive play with a well-taken finish seven minutes into the second half.

And United's task of getting back into the game was made all the more difficult after the dismissal of Paul Scholes for a straight red card with 18minutes remaining.

Despite their hopes of the treble now being extinguished, Ferguson will insist on getting back to 'business as usual' by collecting three points from St James' Park.

Manchester United have not tasted defeat on Tyneside since they were beaten 4-3 by Sir Bobby Robson's Newcastle side in September 2001.

So the Reds will be hoping to take that form into Tuesday's game to extend their lead at the top of table and take one step closer to the domestic title.

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