Fergie hits out at careless players

Published Add your comment

Football News

Sir Alex Ferguson labelled his players "careless" and "lax" after Basle came close to inflicting a home humiliation on Manchester United.

Ashley Young's last-minute header rescued a point for United but Ferguson was not happy with the 3-3 draw.

He said: "I thought there was a carelessness about us throughout the game. The attacking part was very good at times - we played some very good football, particularly in the first half. But there was a carelessness about us and really, they could have scored three goals in the first half."

Ferguson added: I suppose in many ways, it is 'welcome to European football' because they were very lax for parts of the game. We were careless. It's a wake-up call in many ways. A lack of concentration saw us give the game away really, but we rescued it."

United had appeared to be cruising through two goals in 80 seconds from Danny Welbeck but the Swiss side, who had missed some clear chances in the first half, stunned Old Trafford to go 3-2 up.


Two goals from Alex Frei, one from the penalty spot, and one from his namesake Fabian Frei, saw United come close to their first home defeat for 17 months. Ferguson insisted Italian referee Paolo Tagliavento had been wrong to award a penalty against Antonia Valencia for a foul on Marco Streller.

He said: "We are disappointed with the penalty decision - I don't think it was ever a penalty kick, and a poor decision I felt. But it turned out to be a fantastic game with a great end in terms of excitement."

Ferguson said his defence still should have had enough experience to cope with Basle even with 19-year-old Phil Jones in central defence but admitted they are suffering from inconsistency. "There is still enough quality in the back positions - Evra and Ferdinand are very experienced," he added.

"But you always like to have a back four playing consistently and we don't have that at the moment. It is not a problem for us because of the quality we have in the forward positions guarantees us goals, and we really should have put that to bed in the first half. We played with too many forward on the pitch, far too many.

"I think that is possibly because we were playing a team like Basle, who in the players' minds, although we prepared properly, are a team where they can do that. In doing that, they left so many gaps in the back four and really if everybody had concentrated on the defensive part, I don't think we would have had so many problems."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again