Ferguson unhappy with Reds display

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was unhappy with his side's performance despite recovering from a two-goal deficit to share the spoils at injury-ravaged Aston Villa.

The home side, without nine senior players, looked set for their first home win over United for 15 years after goals from Ashley Young and Marc Albrighton. But United rallied in the final 15 minutes and goals from substitute Federico Macheda and skipper Nemanja Vidic rescued a point.

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

He added: "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 would have won the game."

Ferguson brought off strikers Dimitar Berbatov and Javier Hernandez when making his double change but he admitted: "I could have taken any of 10 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."

Ferguson was full of praise for Villa, although he was unhappy that some of their tackles were allowed to go unpunished by Mike Dean.

"You've got to give credit to Villa for their battling qualities. They were enthusiastic and made it a very difficult day for us," he added. "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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Marc Albrighton
Federico Macheda
Dimitar Berbatov
Premier League
Manchester United
Nemanja Vidic
Ashley Young
Gabriel Obertan
Javier Hernandez
Aston Villa

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