Utd rediscover ruthless edge

2009-01-28 06:55

England - Sir Alex Ferguson has warned his Premier League rivals that Manchester United have rediscovered their ruthless streak after Tuesday's 5-0 hammering of West Brom took the champions three points clear of closest rivals Liverpool.

Goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez, Nemanja Vidic and two from Cristiano Ronaldo completed an emphatic rout of bottom club West Brom, whose flickering hopes were snuffed out with the 40th minute dismissal of captain Paul Robinson for a late challenge on South Korean midfielder Park Ji-Sung.

But with United now clear of the pack and with goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar breaking his Chelsea counterpart Petr Cech's shut-out record by taking his run without conceding a goal to 1,032 minutes, Ferguson insisted that his team are now back to their destructive best.

He said: "We have shown a real ruthless streak on Tuesday night which has maybe not been there this season.

"We always expected it to come simply because of the forwards we have, but Tuesday night was the first indication that it is there. Hopefully we will start to motor now. We have good form, which is important, but March and April are the key months.

"Even Cristiano scored in the league again and I actually said to him, 'Oh, you're scoring again. That's very good of you!' But he is delighted to have got himself back on the scoresheet."

United's recent surge up the table, on the back of eleven successive clean sheets and seven league wins on the bounce, has been largely down to their defensive record.

And Ferguson paid tribute to Dutch keeper Van der Sar, who can break the all-time Football League record, currently held by former Reading goalkeeper Steve De'Ath, if he surpasses the 1,103 minute record set by De'Ath in 1978-79, when United face Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Ferguson said: "Edwin has achieved everything in the game, but he is as delighted in the dressing room as he was after his penalty save against Chelsea in the Champions League final in Moscow last season.

"Despite his achievements and experience, he still has that competitive streak and it shows with his record."

Ferguson insisted that Robinson was 'careless and reckless' with the challenge that resulted in his dismissal and West Brom manager Tony Mowbray refused to criticise referee Rob Styles for his decision to send his player off five minutes before half-time following his challenge on Park.

It appeared a debatable decision and Albion could yet appeal, but Mowbray insisted it would be futile to criticise the referee.

Mowbray said: "I'd prefer not to talk about the referee. Managers get in trouble talking about the referees, so what's the point? He has given the decision and we have to abide by it.

"Did it change the game? We might not have lost by so many, but I don't think it would have changed the result because they have got so much quality all over the pitch.

"It's all about opinions. Some people will say it was a red, others say it was a disgraceful challenge. If it was just an honest collision between two players, then I'm sure we will appeal it, but that's something we will decide on Wednesday."


  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-28 08:48

    Go Man United!!!!!!!!

  • S.Obed Langa - 2009-01-28 11:29

    What a wonderful performance by all the players last night. We cruised comfortably to the first spot in the Premier league and lets keep the momentum guys please and shame our critics. My son has an unmeasurable passion for soccer and he literally cries if the boys underperform. It is my fervernt wish to have him admitted in any soccer academy but here in South Africa, such facilities are so rare to get and he is gradually been frustrated if his plans of becoming one of the greatest players can be twarted. Can you assist him please.

  • the kop - 2009-01-28 11:42

    S.Obed Langa,man utd has a training boot camp in centurion....good luck to you and your boy......

  • Anonymous User - 2009-01-28 12:12

    Glory,Glory Man.United

  • nicholas semumu - 2009-01-28 12:29

    man united is at its best.our strikes are now cruel at scoring is evident we going to win the league for three seasons on a row and possibly even champions league

  • andre - 2009-01-28 13:11

    S.Obed Langa: Ajax Cape Town has the best youth academy in the country. Top notch facilities and coaches. Only the best youngsters get in there. If your son has potential and is good enough, they will take him. for more info visit

  • Brett - 2009-01-28 15:28

    @ all the man u supporters. It was a good scoreline, but you all need to get some perspective. It was top of the table versus bottom of the table with 10 men. Goals were going to flow for any team in the top 4. You've gotten the vital 3 points to pressurize my team (liverpool) but it was against a 10 man team, 19 places below you.... Don't overcook the result

  • geoff foster kebatlogetse - 2009-01-28 15:46

    as at arsenal we have given up on this frenchman -wenger.i guess he is supporting man united.i forsee man united claiming the league and uefa once again.for chelsea we are in the same boat

  • CHRIS - 2009-01-28 16:42

    BRETT. If you look at this years season, the have been many upsets from the so called minows. I guess you are one of the supporters whom only support a team when they are winning, guess your luck has run out again. Don't blog here if you only watch one match every season. Loserpool

  • RyanGiggs - 2009-01-28 17:00

    If u any relation to Bret lee the only thing that will be flowing at season end is the champaign much like the celebrations of SA thrashing the aussies. The result was significant in that it boosts our goal different and as u admit pressures poolboys who i expect wil collase at Wigan. Only thing overcooked is the chicken the Mrs has cooked up for Rafa this evening.

  • Mad Max - 2009-01-31 10:00

    We are almost there........United. Keep the momentum and its another TITLE

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