Fergie relishes flying start

2011-09-19 12:29

Manchester - Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United's flying start to the season is all the more impressive considering the severity of their fixture list.

United are two points clear at the top of the Premier League after starting the season with five straight victories, which is their best opening to a campaign under Ferguson and the most impressive by the Red Devils since Ron Atkinson era in 1985.

They have scored 21 goals on the way to beating West Brom, Tottenham, Arsenal, Bolton and Chelsea, who they defeated 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The champions' next Premier League game is at Stoke next weekend and Ferguson feels the toughness of his team's start makes their points tally even more of an achievement.

"We've had tough teams at Old Trafford, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea, and we thought the fixture list had given us a real test," Ferguson said.

"We're getting the tough ones early on but you've got to have them sometime.

"We're enjoying our football, playing with great enthusiasm and threat and we could have scored six or seven (against Chelsea). That threat is encouraging us all."

Defender Chris Smalling is doubtful for the League Cup trip to Leeds on Tuesday after limping off against Chelsea with a groin problem.

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez also sustained an injury in a challenge with Ashley Cole and Ferguson was angry at the conduct of the Chelsea defender.

He said: "The referee booked him but he hasn't given a penalty kick. I don't understand that.

"He's very reckless at times, Ashley Cole. He's committed and at times being committed, you can go over the edge a bit and that was an example of that. It was a shocking challenge."

Smalling gave United a perfect start when he headed in Ashley Young's free kick before Nani doubled the lead with a long-range shot.

Wayne Rooney touched in his ninth goal in five Premier League appearances but after Fernando Torres scored just his second goal since joining Chelsea for 50 million in January, Rooney missed from the penalty spot.

Chelsea are now five points off the leaders but Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas feels his team have already shown they will challenge all the way for the title.

"United are in a good position now but it's very, very early. I said before the game that nothing that happened here would mean anything in the Premier League table," he said.

"Man City went to Fulham and Fulham needed the result and they got a point. City have the most amazing talent in the world, like we do and like United does.

"Arsenal lost this weekend and Liverpool lost so all of the five contenders are there and anything can happen.

"United are the most consistent but we've shown we are up to the level of the champion.

"This didn't go our way but we will be up there competing for the title and Sir Alex corroborates this opinion.

"We have always considered ourselves title contenders and need to concentrate straight away to get three points at Swansea because this is a natural reaction to a defeat.

"It's important we continue to believe in our work because our good work was shown but we just couldn't find the back of the net."

Even though Torres scored his first goal of the season, the Spaniard attracted some criticism for his late miss, failing to hit the target after running around the challenge of David de Gea.

But Villas-Boas added: "The best world strikers missed crazy opportunities, it happened to Fernando and it happened to Rooney so it's nothing dramatic and normally these balls go in."


  • Bob - 2011-09-19 13:05

    Bluey you are losing it big time, what tough ones early, a shocking weakened Arsenal side, Spurs worst performance of the season, an offside goal and some glaring misses by Chelsea in an otherwise evenly contested game, don't get ahead of yourself just yet the season is long and your luck must run out at some stage.

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-19 13:23

      some Chelsea buns with your tea, Bob ?... This is the best Utd side since the treble...Yes, there were glaring misses on both sides.

      Chicita - 2011-09-19 13:27

      Wow so united has no skill and has just had 5 coincidences in a row? Jealous down!

      LanceyF - 2011-09-19 13:49

      Bob Bob Bob, 7 games in all competitions including the Shield. 6 wins one draw - speaks for itself. Thats not luck! its a bloody good team

      adrian.berghoff - 2011-09-19 13:56

      You must be a liverpool supporter... that sounds like their trademark, misplaced optimism. Enjoy your time losing

  • JustinD - 2011-09-19 13:29

    no.20 here we come, head and shoulders above all the pretenders.

  • A(N)ON - 2011-09-19 14:24

    Bob - I presume you and Bluey are around the same age - right? The only difference is that insanity has caught up with you much faster than it has with him. Pity the only solace you got after this weekend is a missed penalty which in the overall scheme of things mattered none. Oh well maybe next week...

  • Bob - 2011-09-19 14:27

    Didn't say they were a bad side, just get more than their fair share of luck, against Benfica they looked average, Chelsea away from home matched them in every department, I just think you lot are all getting carried away with the manures stats to date,

      jabski - 2011-09-19 15:08

      the dwarf speaks!! and as usual its a complete load of crap!!!!!

      The Pro - 2011-09-19 15:13

      My but you are bitter.......... 21 goals in 5 starts in Premiership and it's Lucky? Lay off the tik buddy............ 14 against 3 of last seasons top 5? Lay of the crack Bob. So where are Liverpool in the greater scheme of things? Hammered 4 - 0 by the same Totenham side that did a 0 -3 at Old Trafford........... getting carried away are we Bob? You are getting too many drugs and whisky into your system before you start typing on these threads.......... Scouse fool.

      Bob - 2011-09-19 15:31

      The pro, read my comment before replying, we all know the scum always get the benefit in every decision, you trying to tell me their 1st goal was not offside ?, take your friggin blinkers off, I think you should be chatting to kgalifi you on about the same soccer knowledge level.

      Harold - 2011-09-19 15:54

      Last week you said you did not watch the United game. Now you say they were average. Face it Bob you are obsessed with all things United and your comments are utter rubbish. Rather comment on Queen Kenny's rant at the ref. I await your rubbish reply.

      A(N)ON - 2011-09-20 09:07

      Ehhh "matched them in every department" Bob - EXCEPT the scoreline. Methinks you have to put the ball in the back of the net to get a goal so perhaps there was one important department where Chelsea failed to match United - not so??? I think you getting carried away with Pool's start to date - one loss in 4 games must be the best start in ....

  • kgalifi - 2011-09-19 15:13

    football is somehow changing lately and it is starting to be boring because there is no more enough competition at the end of the season. amin in england you know that if it is not man utd it is chelsea, spain barca or madrid, south africa orlando pirates or nothing at all.

      The Pro - 2011-09-19 15:25

      you show your complete ignorance my friend. Until last season Pirates hadn't won the league in 10 years. You clearly don't have Dstv because Madrid hasn't won La Liga in 3 years............ Stick to watching Mvela league and please tell your boss that you were playing on the internet for the first and you are sorry......... Clown

      Vroteier9 - 2011-09-19 17:55

      As good a Pirates are their not the only good team in PSL, so weather or not we win it again this year has yet to be decided.

      Albo - 2011-09-20 14:47

      Last season in the EPL there were 3 teams that could have taken the trophy down to the last month so ....huh?

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