Fergie admits crisis of confidence
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United's growing list of catastrophic collapses is starting to prey on their mind.
United allowed a two-goal lead to slip against West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday. It was the third time this season Ferguson's side had lost such an imposing lead and - on the eve of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Bursaspor at Old Trafford - Ferguson confirmed the meek surrender was the result of near terror amongst his team faced with yet another collapse.
"The reason for the lack of response on Saturday was not to do with the game itself, it was to do with the previous matches where we have thrown points away," said Ferguson. "They start thinking 'here is another one'. That is the impact you get. The conscious part comes into it."
He added: "They are saying to themselves 'we are going to have to face the gaffer and explain this again'. But it is inexplicable."
United can take the first step forward by dismissing the Turkish champions, who are yet to collect a point from their first two games in Europe's number one club competition.
Ferguson has pledged to make changes, although Michael Owen and Jonny Evans are on the sidelines in addition to Wayne Rooney, who may never return.
But, after registering a disappointing draw against Rangers five weeks ago, the Scot insists he is not taking Bursaspor lightly.
"They have lost their first two games and maybe that is their lack of experience," he said. "The Champions League is not easy.
"With our home record we hope we can put it to bed.
"There are opportunities for one or two of the younger players who need experience - but that is not to say we are taking it lightly."
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