Alex Ferguson fails to shake off last season's troubles
It appears that the Summer break has done nothing to solves the problems of the 2009/10 season for Manchester United, as Alex Ferguson laments his side dropping two potentially vital points in their game against Fulham at the Weekend.
The Red Devil's drew 2-2 after allowing Brede Hangeland to level the score, United led the match 2-1 beforehand.
Continuing from his masterclass the week before, Paul Scholes put United in front after only 11 minutes but things failed to stay that way for the visitors.
The result was then further compounded by a missed penalty by Nani which Ferguson described as “a missed opportunity”.
“When you get the chance to seal the game with that penalty you should be taking it," said a clearly frustrated Ferguson.
"It was a missed opportunity and it galvanised them, got the crowd up and they scored the equaliser."
Fulham boss mark Hughes agreed with Ferguson's analysis and admitted that the penalty was the squandered penalty was he crucial turning point that his side needed to mount their comeback.
"At 2-1 down with only four or five minutes remaining, the award of the penalty - which we thought was really harsh - at that stage you think it's the conclusion of the game.” stated Hughes.
The result looked all the more woeful for Ferguson's side as the reigning champions Chelsea annihilated newcomers Blackpool 6-0.
Chelsea are United's main contenders for the 2010/11 Premiership title and having demolished Wigan 6-0 in their opening game of the season they look set to give United more than a run for their money.
For many the result for United is reminiscent of last season where one too many missed opportunities meant a second place finish the Red Devils.
Manchester United will play West Ham on August 28th in their next Premiership fixture, with Bwin offer 13/2 odds that United will again only be capable of achieving a draw, Sky Bet and 888sport set their odds at 11/2.