Sir Alex Ferguson admits excessive rotation of strikers

Saturday, November 27, 2010
Sir Alex Ferguson has come out and admitted that he has indeed indulged in excessive squad rotation this season especially when it has come to the striking department, Ferguson elaborated on his comments as his team arrived at Ranger’s stadium, the Ibrox Stadium for their second last group stage match of the UEFA Champions League season.
Manchester United are unbeaten in their group stage campaign thus far in the UEFA Champions League but not only that, the Red Devils have not conceded even a single goal in the group stage matches up till now. However, all of that can change as Ferguson leads his team out against Rangers, a club that he has supported since his childhood days. Sir Alex also played for Rangers during his days as a professional footballer but there will be no emotions on display from his part as his side look to cement their place in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

Ferguson spoke in his first press conference in Glasgow when he said, "We have been changing the strikers quite a lot recently and I have to accept responsibility for changing it too much. Now we are going to have a more consistent look about our team. We have a lot of good young options but hopefully we can get Wayne Rooney back to his best and Dimitar is suited to playing with Wayne."

Wayne Rooney recently returned to fitness for Manchester United after facing a lengthy period on the sidelines. During this time, it was Berbatov who stepped up to the plate for United as he netted seven goals during the first two seasons of the English Premier League. However, the Bulgarian striker has shown a lack of form since his hatrick against Liverpool at Old Trafford. Ferguson left Berbatov out of his squad that faced Wigan and won the game by two goals to nil at the weekend.

Nonetheless, the Scotsman said, "It has not taken Dimitar back to square one. In our game it is very difficult to play well every week. We are in a competitive league. The results themselves tell you something. Getting consistency of performance from front players is very difficult. Look around at other clubs. They are finding it much the same as us."

The veteran manager went onto speak about his team’s performances so far in the English Premier League saying, "There are a lot of ways of analyzing football. You can look at the dropped points against West Brom, Everton and Fulham, all thrown away. With those points, we could have been six clear. But we scored in the last minute against Wolves and at Aston Villa we could have lost by six and somehow managed to get a point out of it. That tells you the character of the human beings I have got. They are people who are prepared to do something about the situation."

In their last match against Rangers which took place earlier on in the season at Old Trafford, Ferguson’s men drew nil all against the men in blue. Rangers’ manager Walter, who spent some time at Manchester United as Ferguson’s second in command gained praise from his mentor as Sir Alex stated, "Wherever Walter goes, his experience is important. That has proved itself in the work he has done here in his second spell, with no money at all. The resources at his disposal have been scant to say the least, but he has almost achieved a miracle in winning three titles on the trot."

Manchester United will be looking to do better in this year’s English Premier League as well as the UEFA Champions League. Last season, they finished second by a single point in the English league and the Red Devils only made it to the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League.


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