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Ferguson lambasts Man Utd display

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson was critical of his side after defeat at Liverpool

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson delivered a scathing verdict on his team's display in the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.

He said: "We can take nothing positive from this. We didn't have one performer on the pitch apart from possibly Rio Ferdinand. It was disappointing."

Ferguson added: "Our defending was very poor for both Liverpool goals."

United also had defender Nemanja Vidic sent off for two yellow cards and lost Michael Carrick to injury.

Carlos Tevez put Manchester United ahead from 30m new boy Dimitar Berbatov's pass, but Wes Brown's own goal put Liverpool level before substitute Ryan Babel's late winner.

Ferguson said: "You don't expect that from Manchester United. When we have a bad day we usually still get something from the game.

"Overall, they were the better team. Liverpool produced a performance of tackling, hassling and getting about us.

"The source of our defeat was not coping with the hassling and the tackling. You have to give them credit for that - but at the end of the day, we should cope.

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"We started excellently, and it was a wonderful ball from Berbatov for the goal."

Liverpool ended a run of five successive defeats against United and Ferguson said: "The difficulty of holding a record like that is that it gives the other team a big incentive every time they play you."

The United boss was unhappy about Vidic's dismissal, saying: "Carragher was making those challenges all day long, and no fouls were given.

"We had several bookings and a red card. Is that a reflection of Man United being a dirty team? I don't think so. I think the crowd plays a part."

see also
Liverpool 2-1 Man Utd
13 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Alan Hansen's tactical view
14 Sep 08 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
13 Sep 08 |  Football
Liverpool win delights Carragher
14 Sep 08 |  Liverpool
Carrick set to miss Euro opener
13 Sep 08 |  Man Utd

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