Ferguson determined not to suffer more cup woe

07 January 2011 01:30
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he felt "sick" for days after suffering his first FA Cup third-round exit 12 months ago. Through all the trials and tribulations of his 24 years at United, Ferguson had never fallen at the first hurdle in his quest to win the game's oldest cup competition. That statistic was wiped away by Leeds, who belied their League One status to triumph at Old Trafford thanks to a Jermaine Beckford goal that sent 9,000 travelling fans wild with glee. The joy was matched by Ferguson's despair. Contrary to those who think the Scot is too pre-occupied with the Premier League and Champions League to waste much energy on a tournament he has already won on five occasions, he has no intention of suffering such agony again. "It is the first time I had lost a third-round tie since I came to the club and it didn't sit well with me," said Ferguson. "I did not enjoy it and was sick for a few days afterwards. "I made a mistake picking the wrong team last year. Hopefully I don't pick the wrong one this time."

Source: PA