Man U's defensive shortcomings sparking Fergie's verbal fury

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 13:30 hrs

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is being driven round the bend, and according to reports the reason behind this is his team's defensive shortcomings this season.

First Ferguson railed against Swansea City's Ashley Williams for kicking a ball at striker Robin van Persie from close-range last weekend, claiming the United forward could have been killed, the Daily Mail reports.

Fergie than followed that on Wednesday by slating referee Mike Dean, assistant Jake Collin and fourth official Neil Swarbrick on the pitch for changing their minds over a Jonny Evans own goal, it reported.

On Friday, Ferguson blew his top at a press conference, directing an atrocious tongue-lashing at Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew over comments made by the Toons boss on Thursday, it added.

According to the paper, it is clear Ferguson is far from happy, despite his side's healthy lead at the top.

Those seeking the source of Ferguson's ire are likely to find it rooted in United's woeful defensive record this season, with 28 goals conceded at the halfway stage of the Premier League campaign, the paper added. (ANI)

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