Ferguson worried by missed chances

Ferguson worried by missed chances

MANCHESTER - Agence France-Presse
Ferguson worried by missed chances

United ace Van Persie refused to celebrate his goal against Arsenal. EPA photo

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has called on his players to be more ruthless in order to avoid a repeat of last season’s Premier League disappointment.

Ferguson saw his side pipped for the title on goal difference in May by local rival Manchester City and during pre-season brought in Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa in a bid to sharpen United’s cutting edge.

United has already managed 38 goals in 15 matches in all competitions, but Ferguson felt his team almost paid the price for its wastefulness despite a dominant performance in a 2-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford on Nov. 3.

Victory in this early kick-off match took United to the top of the table and that is where the team stayed after both previous leaders Chelsea and City were held to draws by Swansea and West Ham respectively later in the day.

Van Persie scores

Van Persie was on target against former club Arsenal and Patrice Evra added a second before Santi Cazorla’s stoppage-time goal for the Gunners meant the full-time score failed to reflect United’s dominance.

“I’m disappointed in the inability to hammer home the advantage,” said Ferguson. “We lost on goal difference last season and I don’t want that to happen again. Thank God we got the second because with them scoring in injury-time it would have been an embarrassment.

“With the chances we missed we should have put it to bed a long time ago,” he added. “You look at the scoreline and think it’s a close game but it wasn’t.”

Van Persie continued his fine scoring form since his 24 million move from Arsenal in by scoring within three minutes of the kick-off against his old club.

The 29-year-old Dutchman, who refused to celebrate in front of his old supporters after putting United ahead, said: “[Rooney and I] are both [number] nine-and-a-half.

“You have a nine and a 10 and we are a nine and a half, helping each other out and both play behind or higher up. It seems to work well and hopefully we can keep it going.”