Date: 13th December 2009 at 7:53pm
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Apparently, Sir Alex Ferguson believes United were better in the second half than in the first against Aston Villa on Saturday.

‘We were camped in their box for a lot of the second half and had some really good chances. We only needed to take one to get us back in the game and it might have changed from then on; it was just one of those days when it wouldn’t go in,’ he told MUTV.

‘I think we deserved something from our second half showing. There wasn’t much in it in the first half and there were chances at both ends. They probably just shaded it and deserved the goal. But we pummelled them after half-time and had a lot of good opportunities but didn’t take any.’

We had plenty of chances in the first half, certainly, especially Rooney’s effort that rattled the crossbar and we were much more incisive and penetrating in the first 45 minutes. Granted, Villa also had chances, the biggest coming from a horrible mistake by Fletcher but why on Earth does Fergie think that our second half showing was better?

I really cannot understand. Berbatov had two golden chances, yes (one miskick, one excellent save from Friedel), he could have had another great opportunity had Rooney weighted his pass perfectly and Downing cleared the ball from the line after a Vidic header. But in all, we were sluggish and out of ideas throughout the second half and never looked like scoring.

Throughout the first 45 minutes I felt that we could score at any time. In the second half this feeling evaporated quickly, leaving only frustration. I’m actually convinced that Fergie’s mistakes made it easier for Villa to hold their advantage – which they did well, abandoning the more adventurous style shown in the first half. If the manager does not feel that the team lost some of its creativity and thrust after the interval then we have reasons to worry… he really should have noticed.