Manchester United can pull wins back, but shouldn’t go behind in first place: Sir Alex wants end to early handouts

By Paddy von Behr

Sir Alex Ferguson is praising Manchester United’s ability to fight their way back into games, but he is focussing on avoiding falling behind in the first place.

Manchester United have slipped into an unwelcome routine of conceding early goals this season and it’s something the manager is keen to eradicate.

However, United have a reputation for dramatic comebacks and Ferguson is full of praise for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who has led the way in recent weeks.

“The fact we’ve got players who can change the course of the game is certainly a big advantage to us,” said Ferguson.

“When Chicharito came on last week the game changed completely.”

United have won from losing positions eight times already this season and, while that ability is key, Ferguson is aware it won’t keep happening.

He described the club’s recent tendency to concede early as an Achilles heel and something which needs to be addressed.

He said: “You don’t expect to be behind by two goals. That’s the part that you always find difficult.

“It’s not that we underestimate anyone – it’s just that we don’t expect a Manchester United team to be behind.

“You’ve got to go into games believing you’re going to be two goals ahead rather than two behind.”

Hernandez scored twice last weekend as United overturned a two-goal deficit against Aston Villa to win 3-2 and he is expected to start against Norwich tomorrow.

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