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‘Hopeless’ BBC pundits incur Sir Alex Ferguson’s wrath

Sir Alex Ferguson's row with the BBC appears to have deepened yet further, with the Manchester United manager taking a dim view of Match of the Day’s analysis of his side on Saturday night.

Alan Shearer and Mark Lawrenson were unflattering of the last-minute 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Lawrenson describing United as “woeful for most of the game” and “all over the place.” Lawrenson went on to say: “ I don't know what Sir Alex Ferguson did at half-time because they didn't dramatically improve.”

Lawrenson commented on United's “fantastic belief” and Shearer observed they were only two points off last season's points tally after 11 games — and these observations reflected the consensus on the performance, but Ferguson was not impressed.

“I listened to BBC's Match of the Day on Saturday and they said we were hopeless,” he said. “We had five world class players out of the team in Antonio Valencia, Nani, Michael Owen, Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs. We were playing with three players up front with only 30 games experience between them and we still won 2-1. I thought our result on Saturday was a fantastic achievement given all the problems we had in the dressing room.”

Meanwhile, Roberto Mancini could be short of attacking options as Mario Balotelli is suspended after being sent-off at The Hawthorns following a brace while Emmanuel Adebayor has a calf problem, although could be fit enough to make an appearance at some point.

It could mean a return for Jo alongside influential captain Carlos Tevez, who returned to the team at the weekend.

David Silva had a hand in both Balotelli's goals against West Brom at the weekend and believes he has now come to terms with the demands of England's top flight.

“When I left Spain everything was different — the weather, the people and the football,” he said.

“I have adapted quickly and I feel at home and I think it's now showing through in my football.

“Things couldn't be going better and the supporters have been fantastic with me.

“If I can repay them by helping us beat United and then win some trophies, I'll be very happy.”

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