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Ferguson admits Man Utd must get tight at the back

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits they must get tighter at the back this season.

United's clean-sheet in last Saturday's 1-0 win at Everton heralded a return to the defensive solidity demanded by Ferguson, who admitted his side must overcome their perceived vulnerability at the back if they are to enjoy a successful campaign.

"Statistics have been bandied about in the last few weeks," said Ferguson. "But there has to be a balance in these matters. Nobody likes losing goals and we've lost a few this season.

"But there are two things about last Saturday that come to mind. Firstly, Everton on their own ground against Manchester United is always a tough game.

"Secondly, in the second-half they were playing to their favourite end and it was very difficult to handle. They kept pumping that ball into the box and to withstand that you've done well not to lose a goal.

"The balance has got to be right [between defence and attack]. We don't like losing goals but we have to make sure the attacking part of our game is always threatening."

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