Thursday, August 20, 2009
Fergie refusing to hit panic button
Sir Alex has refused to hit the panic button despite, against all football odds, Wednesday's shock 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Burnley.
United once again dominated possession and carved out numerous clear-cut chances, as well as missing a first-half penalty, but in the end were beaten by a superb strike by Robbie Blake.
Just as they did at the weekend against Birmingham, the champions bossed proceedings but their lack of killer instinct in front of goal has already started to worry some fans, but not Ferguson.
"When you look at the chances we had, one or two should have been off the mark.
"Michael Owen missed a chance in the fist half, Ryan Giggs had a great chance, Wayne Rooney had a couple and Michael Carrick had the best chance when the ball was squared to him in the box but he took a touch and lost the opportunity."
Fergie remains cool and it's far too early in the season yet to start bemoaning the arrivals of Michael Owen and Antonio Valencia - the pair expected to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
United have stuttered against Portsmouth, Reading and Newcastle at the start of recent campaigns, but that didn't stop them from racking up three successive Premier League titles.
But Fergie has to decide whether his current strikeforce is strong enough to see them through to January.
Owen, who missed a golden chance against Birmingham to get off the mark, once again passed up a couple of chances at Turf Moor and Ferguson will be seriously considering whether to make football news and add to his senior forward line of Dimitar Berbatov, Owen and Rooney.
However with under two weeks to go to the end of the summer transfer window the United chief has little time to manoeuvre and his transfer efforts will more likely be aimed at lining up a deal to strengthen United in the January window.
Posted by Phil Tomlinson at 4:56 pm