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Man United ‘must turn draws to wins’

on 11/01/2019

Michael Carrick believes Manchester United must start learning to see out games if they are to win back the Premier League title this season.

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United were left to rue dropping key points when a controversial late equaliser at Birmingham City last time out cost them a victory that would have given them breathing space at the top.

It was the third time this season Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had let in goals past the 89th minute after also conceding late on against Fulham and Everton.

Among the games where another lead was let slip was against West Brom, United’s next opponents when they travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Carrick admits his side are becoming concerned at failing to close out the wins they need if they are to lift the championship come May.

But he warned if his team-mates start dwelling on their late slips, they are in danger of losing out on the prospect of winning silverware all together.

“Late goals are always hard to take but given how it happened we feel hard done by at Birmingham,” said England midfielder Carrick.

“We were so disappointed and it’s happened a few times now.

“But it’s done now, so we have to dust ourselves down and move on.

“We’re still in a good position when you look at the bigger picture.

“We haven’t lost (in the league), we’re in good form and so we go into the next game looking to keep the momentum up.”

But United head into 2011 with only one win from eight games on their travels this season.

And central defender Rio Ferdinand sounded a warning note after citing a host of teams, including Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, that are all capable of pipping Ferguson’s side to the title this term.

United lead the table on goal-difference from City and Ferdinand reckons the race for the league title is as competitive as it has been for decades.

“It’s open for four or five teams to go and take it but we want to be that team,” explained Ferdinand.

“We should have got the three points (against Birmingham) to help ourselves, but we’ll be looking to the next one instead now,” the England central defender added.

The main positive at St Andrew’s was the continued good form of Bulgaria striker Dimitar Berbatov, who has now scored three goals in his last two games to take his tally to 14 this season.

With Wayne Rooney failing to find the back of the net from open play since March, Ferguson hopes his 30.75 million pounds (47.41 million dollars) signing can continue to carry the goalscoring burden.

“He’s in great form, real goal-scoring form and it’s good to see that,” said United manager Ferguson. “He’s doing very well and his confidence is high too, which is important.”

United could shuffle their side as they cope with the intensive festive fixture programme, with Portuguese winger Nani set to come back in along with Darren Fletcher, who came off the bench at St Andrew’s.

West Brom have been handicapped by having two key defenders suspended for the visit of United.

Gabriel Tamas will start a three-game ban after his red card in the 3-1 defeat by Blackburn at the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

In addition, right-back Gonzalo Jara must serve a one-match suspension after collecting his fifth yellow card of the campaign against Rovers.

With Jonas Olsson still sidelined, Baggies boss Roberto di Matteo has been forced to recall Gianni Zuiverloon from his loan spell at Championship side Ipswich to solve a defensive crisis.

However, West Brom’s midfield is set to be boosted by Chris Brunt’s return from a one-game ban.

“Gabi (Tamas) is a big loss with Jonas already out,” di Matteo said.

“But Jara will also be suspended against United so we are struggling a bit at the back at the moment.

“We need to stop giving ourselves a mountain to climb by conceding early goals. We can’t keep doing it and expect to get away with it at this level.”


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