Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson laid into his defence after they conceded another early goal last night.

United fell behind in the 14th minute against Cluj in the Champions League, but a Robin Van Persie brace bailed them out and they escaped with a 2-1 win.

But, according to the Daily Mirror, Sir Alex Ferguson was furious with his defence, and left-back Patrice Evra in particular.

"Losing that goal the way we did is a shocker," said Ferguson. "An absolute shocker."

The United boss opted to start with the same defence that conceded three against Tottenham at the weekend as United slumped to a rare Old Trafford defeat.

But Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Rafael endured another tough evening, as the Romanian side cut through them on a fast break to open the scoring with barely 15 minutes on the clock.

And although United eventually escaped with three points, it still came at a cost.

Centre-back Jonny Evans limped off with 15 minutes to go with a recurrence of a dead leg, and may miss Sunday's visit to the Sports Direct Arena to take on Newcastle.

But while the defence was sore point for Ferguson, Tuesday night's match hinted at a bright future going forward.

Robin Van Persie linked up with Wayne Rooney for both his goals, as the two started a match together for the first time since the Dutchman signed for Manchester United.

The victory in Romania made it two wins from two in the Champions League group stage, putting United well on course to progress into the latter stages - something they failed to do last season.

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