Sir Alex Ferguson believes that Manchester United are currently suffering from a lack of ruthlessness in comparison to days gone by and this is jeopardising their assault on the Premier League title.
Late goals have been the forte of United since start of the Premier League and so much so that some corners have joked that referees continued to play injury time at Old Trafford up until the point where they scored.
However, the boot has been on the other foot this season, with United letting in a late equaliser at Fulham and then conceding twice in injury time at Everton to drop two points.
They are still without a win on their travels and have conceded nine goals in seven Premier League games to sit five points behind Chelsea.
This form has left Manchester United 3/1 to win the Premier League and Ferguson knows that the key is to stop letting teams off the hook.
He said: “This present team doesn’t kill off sides as well as they should. That killer instinct just isn’t there at the moment and it’s something we need to develop.
“We haven’t had a problem scoring goals. We didn’t like letting those points slip away and it’s crucial that we don’t make too many more similar mistakes this season.”
Rio Ferdinand has sufficiently recovered from a back injury to start the last two games away in Valencia and at Sunderland and this appears to have a big difference as United have kept clean sheets in both fixtures.
Jonny Evans stepped in for Ferdinand when he was sidelined and appeared to struggle to cope with long balls being pumped into the box.
Meanwhile, Nemanja Vidic did not appear to enjoy taking over the reins as defensive organiser and his own performance seemed to dip as he focused on telling Evans what to do.
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