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Fergie eyes Rovers return for United
Published : 07 Dec 2010 09:34:49
Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Manchester United can compete with Coronation Street's 50th anniversary episodes this week with a Rovers Return of their own. The Reds boss believes United showed their true colours with the 7-1 thrashing of Blackburn Rovers in their last Premier League outing. And he wants more of that to bury the memory of the Hammers House of Horror display at Upton Park against West Ham last week in the Carling Cup when his young side were crushed 4-0 and missed a semi final spot. That Blackburn performance is what our capabilities are. They are capable of that, said Sir Alex. It is not anything more than we expected in terms of reaching our capabilities. The previous three or four games before that we were looking for that kind of rhythm in our game. That was satisfying. They didn't step beyond their capabilities, they played to them. That is what we hope we get now. Scoring goals is always a confidence booster. I hope we can do it more often. What we did against Blackburn was get into an early rhythm. When we do that we are a very good team. Ferguson has afforded Champions League matches to Chris Smalling, Fabio, Gabriel Obertan and Bebe this season but they were among those who suffered in the capital against West Ham. Experience The defeat in the League Cup was down to inexperience really, said the United manager. You can't judge the team that will play tonight against the team that played in the League Cup. When we made a mistake against West Ham we didn't have the experience to carry a mistake. That was the real reason. 4-0 is not a scoreline you associate with our club but from time to time it has happened. The young players who played that night last week, three years from now would win that match. There is absolutely no question about that. They didn't have the experience to carry the mistakes they made. It is not about writing it off and saying it was one of those days, these things happen and make excuses. We will remember it. The players will remember it much more than I will because I have seen it before. The interesting thing is that we have played younger players in the group stages and they have all done very well. But they didn't make mistakes in the European matches. But when you make mistakes, it is how you recover from that. Unfortunately, we didn't have the experience to recover. As well as United finally regaining their cutting edge in the 7-1 destruction of Sam Allardyce's side Dimitar Berbatov also ended his two month drought with an historic five-goal personal haul. Dimitar had not scored for 10 games. That plays a part in strikers' minds. There is no question about that, Sir Alex added. It is an often repeated opinion of mine that strikers live on the confidence they get from scoring goals. When they are not scoring they wonder if a goal is ever going to come. He is no different. They are all the same. What is your prediction for the Valencia game? Have your say.