Fergie: I Questioned Players’ Commitment

1 09 2009

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he questioned the dedication of his players after their 1-0 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor.

“After the Burnley game, I examined our commitment,” the Scot is quoted as saying in The Telegraph.

“But after analysing our failings, I didn’t think we were lacking in that area.”

Meanwhile, the Red Devils have recovered from the defeat, hammering Wigan Athletic 5-0 and defeating Arsenal 2-1.

The gaffer has conceded that he will now have to make sure the players do not take things easy following their victories.

“I must always guard against complacency,” he remarked.

“Some players can drive themselves on while others are happy to settle for an easy life, but Manchester United cannot afford that kind of player.”

The 67-year-old tactician went on dispel the suggestions that he needed to add to the squad following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid.

“We took a lot of flak after the game at Turf Moor and there was no shortage of suggestions as to what I should do about it, such as dashing out to pay through the nose for a big-name signing,” ‘Fergie’ said.

“The bulk of the £80 million fee we got from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo is still there and it seems to be burning a hole in the pockets of a lot of fans. But you don’t suddenly scrap your transfer policy because of one defeat, even if it was a bad one.

“I have explained our strategy based on my confidence in our squad. With existing players maturing and more eager beavers on the way up, I have no intention of abandoning it.”

The United boss wrapped up by saying that he now has full faith in his squad, declaring that it would be an “insult” if he did not trust his players.

“I know we have the right squad and I trust them,” he said.

“It’s an insult to suggest that overnight I could lose my faith in my players.”




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