Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave an honest assessment of his team’s performance as Manchester United scraped past non-league Crawley Town in the FA Cup.
United go through to the 6th round courtesy of Wes Brown’s first half header but were poor throughout and Crawley hit the bar in stoppage time, and were unlucky not to at least earn a replay.
Fergie was very forthright in his assessment of the game, saying, “They deserved a draw given their second-half performance.”
“There is no doubt a few players did not do themselves justice.
“I had no complaints in the first half, I thought we did okay – but we weren’t at the races in the second. We were second to every ball.
“It was disappointing. We had some players who maybe don’t understand what FA Cup football is like. For them, that is the biggest lesson.”
Talking about whatever the result it would be Crawleys day, Sir Alex told his teams television station, MUTV, “It didn’t matter what the scoreline was today, it was their day – there’s no question about that.
“In the first half we could’ve been three or four up, but it wasn’t to be and while it’s only 1-0 in a cup tie, it only takes a second to lose a goal – and we nearly did.
“Sometimes you get the breaks in the cup and you struggle through one round. We’ve done that in the past and it was another example today.”