Sir Alex slams 'ridiculous' Torres critics

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Fernando Torres' recent goal drought has seemingly got everyone talking.

The Chelsea striker has failed to find the net since January 22 - 10 games for club and country - and has been overshadowed so far by fellow transfer window acquisition David Luiz.

Petr Cech today launched a staunch defence of his Stamford Bridge teammate - claiming the 27-year-old provides much more than just goals - and now Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to the former Liverpool forward.

"Of course he will start scoring," Ferguson told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I just hope he waits a little bit, at least until after the [Champions League quarter-final] tie against us.

"When Chelsea signed him, everyone said what a great signing he was, and rightly so. Now everyone says that it was a mistake. Can people be more ridiculous? Of course he needs time to adapt."

With the Champions League clash at the Bridge on the horizon, much talk has been about Torres facing United skipper Nemanja Vidic - with the pair having a history of intriguing contests.


Torres got the better of Vidic on a number of occasions while at Liverpool - with the latter being red-carded in three consecutive matches against the Anfield club - and, despite the Spaniard's dip in form, Vidic expects another tough test on Wednesday.

"We have respect, obviously, for their attacking players," Vidic said.

"It doesn't matter if they didn't score a goal.

"They will try to score and they will give their best.

"This is two games and, at the end of the day, it's most important who will go through and not who will score the goals."

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