Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Disaster defeat stuns Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson has branded Manchester United's stunning 3-2 home defeat to Blackburn as "a disaster".

United fell two behind to a couple of Ayegbeni Yakubu efforts either side of the interval but quickly replied through Dimitar Berbatov, whose brace took his tally to five in two games. However, Blackburn broke and when David de Gea failed to collect a Morten Gamst Pedersen corner 10 minutes from time, Grant Hanley nodded the winner from close range.

"It is a disaster," said Ferguson, whose side failed in their quest to mark his 70th birthday by claiming top spot in the Barclays Premier League.

"I never expected it. We lost two terrible goals and you can't do that."

After successive clean sheets from Anders Lindegaard, questions will now be asked over De Gea, who appeared to have recovered from his early season worries to reaffirm his status as United's number one.

The Spain Under-21 star's culpability for Blackburn's winner seemed obvious, although Ferguson refused to apportion blame.

"We all could have done better," he said, when asked about De Gea. "It was a bad goal to lose."

For Blackburn boss Steve Kean it represented a stunning change in fortunes less than two weeks after it appeared certain he would be sacked after a terrible home defeat to Bolton.

"To come to a place like this and get a result is up there with our best wins," he said.

"As soon as it went to 2-1, we were thinking it was going to be tough. And at 2-2, it would have been a good point."

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