Man Utd boss Ferguson highlights early Rooney miss in Newcastle thrashing

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson felt an early miss from Wayne Rooney was decisive in defeat at Newcastle United.

Ferguson gave great credit to the first two goals his men conceded at the Sports Direct Arena - Demba Ba's volley from Shola Ameobi's flick-on, followed by Yohan Cabaye's world-class free-kick.

"We started reasonably well," reflected Sir Alex. "The goalkeeper made a good save from Nani and we had a good chance when Wayne Rooney was through and the ball ran under his foot. That was a great opportunity and if we'd taken it, we could have gone on to win the game.

"Newcastle scored not long after that. It was a fantastic goal and it really got their fans up. They became aggressive, they got stuck right into us and made it difficult for us. It (Ba's goal) was a great hit on the volley and the second one just after half-time - a marvellous free-kick, you have to give the boy credit - was a killer for us. That really put them in the driving position, they were very difficult to beat after that.

"We didn’t make enough of our possession with the ball. We had some chances after that [Newcastle's second goal] and a shot knocked off the line. You've got to take your chances away from home. We didn't play well enough to win the game."

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