Seven-point lead means nothing: Ferdinand
Man United defender believes defensive frailties may cost them the EPL title
Rio Ferdinand has admitted that the 28 Premier League goals that Manchester United have conceded so far is unacceptable and may cost them the title.
The Red Devils’ 4-3 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day moved them seven points ahead of rivals Manchester City at the top of the table, but they allowed the Magpies to lead three times before Chicharito’s last-minute winner. And now, at the mid-way point in the season, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side have let in just five fewer goals than slipped past them throughout the whole of last term.
“When you’re conceding goals at any level, you want to stop it,” he told reporters. “We’ve let in far too many goals and need to change that. We have to make a big effort to push on from a good position. If we’re going to maintain where we are, we have to sort ourselves out.
“We seem to make sure the punters get their money’s worth when they come to the ground at the moment,” he said. The 34-year-old stated that the battle is by no means over, demonstrated by last season when Mancini’s men clawed back an eight-point deficit to win their first league title in 44 years. “A seven-point lead means nothing because we’ve been in positions over the years of being eight, nine, 10 or even 11 points clear and not gone on to win the title,” he continued.
City will bounce back
Manchester City duo Joe Hart and Sergio Aguero have insisted the Premier League champions will get their title defence back on track ahead of their trip to Norwich today.
Shot-stopper Hart believes the club are still on the right track and know exactly what it takes to re-ignite their wavering campaign.
“We weren’t lacking in effort at Sunderland,” Hart told Manchester City’s official website. “We gave it everything but couldn’t break through a defensive wall. No-one else needs to know what gets said in the dressing room, it’s down to us to put things right,” he said.