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Fergie Blames Nani For Chelsea Defeat

Manchester United fielded a team of second string players and youngsters at Chelsea tonight, with Rafael da Silva the only player to remain from the starting XI from Sunday’s game.

Chelsea sent off £75m worth of talent from the bench to get the game won, having gone behind three times, whilst United brought on 18-year-old Nick Powell, 19-year-old Ryan Tunnicliffe and 21-year-old Federico Macheda.

Given how many starting XI players were in Chelsea’s side, it’s a credit to our team that the first time we went behind was in extra time.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson hasn’t singled out Nani for criticism, despite him scoring a quality goal that put us 3-2 up, after losing possession in the last minute of injury time which enabled Chelsea to win a penalty.

“We gave the ball away for the third goal,” he said. “We were in complete control of the match at that point, playing really good football and all we needed to do was see the game out and keep possession. Nani decided to try and beat a player, lost the ball and we ended up conceding a penalty kick. It’s disappointing [to go out]. Some of our football was terrific. Our counter-attacking was very good, but if you are winning 3-2 in the final seconds of the game then you should see it out. We only have ourselves to blame, really.”


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104 Comments

  1. Stevo says:

    @Mahesh

    Yes but we also don’t have the money to spend on players like Oscar or Hazard so we have to develop our own talent. I think lingard and brady should be given more of a chance in cup games!

  2. TeeElPee says:

    Nani carried United on his back for long stretches of to title run in 2010-11 when he was healthy and one of the main attacking options. I felt he was really coming into his own and fulfilling the potential until Fergie bought Young for competition, and then Nani’s play became more erratic as a reflection of his playing time (I feel Fergie has had more patience with Young when out of form than Nani).

    Pity that Nani can’t even see the pitch to prove his worth to SAF, especially when an out-of-form Welbeck has been wasted on the wing instead. With a contract and consistent playing time, I’d be curious to see what an inspired and in-form Nani would bring to this attack.

  3. TeeElPee says:

    Nani carried United on his back for long stretches of to title run in 2010-11 when he was healthy and one of the main attacking options. I felt he was really coming into his own and fulfilling the potential until Fergie bought Young for competition, and then Nani’s play became more erratic as a reflection of his playing time (I feel Fergie has had more patience with Young when out of form than Nani).

    Pity that Nani can’t even see the pitch to prove his worth to SAF, especially when an out-of-form Welbeck has been wasted on the wing instead. With a contract and consistent playing time, I’d be curious to see what an inspired and in-form Nani would bring to this attack.

  4. United Till I Die says:

    Im not surprised the manager singled out Nani, he’s hardly gonna start laying into WOOTON is he? Funny thing is people say age isn’t a good enough excuse for Tom or Danny (who have both been solid this season imo) but then nobody is blaming Wooton for a horror show?

    Of course Nani didn’t should’ve held the ball, but I can’t blame him for us conceding. We had all our defenders back and our keeper in goal. We as a team conceded, its not like Nani gave away a penalty.

    Imo if the manager didn’t single out Nani nobody on here would be blaming him for the defeat, they’d be praising him for his (nearly) winning goal, which was class between him and Anderson.

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