Ferguson pleased with second-half performance in Man Utd shock defeat

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with their second-half in defeat to Tottenham.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was pleased with their second-half in defeat to Tottenham.

Late on, after Robin van Persie had wasted an outstanding chance and both Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick had struck the frame of Brad Friedel's goal, Spurs held on for a famous win.

"We lost the first goal by not defending properly," said Ferguson, whose side have now fallen four points behind leaders Chelsea.

"They got a lucky break when the ball came off Jonny Evans, nonetheless, you can't allow the left-back to get as far as that.

"It was a poor start and from then on, we were against the wind until half-time came along and we were able change things a bit."

Rooney's introduction made a difference that at least allowed Ferguson to put a positive spin on the game.

"We were brilliant in the second half, really unlucky, hit the post, hit the bar, balls scrambled clear. We just dominated it," he said.

"It was a fantastic performance. Thank goodness I am able to say that after watching the first half."

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