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In matches following United's last six domestic defeats, Sir Alex's men have...

Played: 6
Won: 5
Drawn: 1
Lost: 0

Goals For: 10
Goals Against: 0

Verdict: United typically bounce back well from defeat. Indeed, the Reds haven't lost consecutive domestic matches since the end of the 2006/07 season (West Ham, Chelsea).

17/03/2009 10:53, Report by Nick Coppack

Bouncing back

Almost a week later and Saturday's defeat to Liverpool still hurts. Fingers have been pointed, missed opportunites lamented and luck bemoaned. But now it’s time to move on and look ahead to this weekend's trip to Craven Cottage.

For an idea of how the Reds may react this Saturday, we’ve examined United’s response to the last six domestic defeats. It makes for encouraging reading…

Lost: 0-1 v Derby County (A)
Response: 3-0 v Chelsea (H)
United’s limp performance in the Carling Cup at Pride Park was hardly the best preparation ahead of a crunch league clash against Chelsea. But four days later the Reds, inspired by Ryan Giggs, produced a stunning performance to sweep aside Phil Scolari’s men courtesy of goals from Nemanja Vidic, Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov.

Lost: 1-2 v Arsenal (A)
Response: 1-0 v QPR (H)
The Reds simply didn’t turn up at the Emirates and only an injury-time winner from Rafael added any sort of respectability to the scoreline. Only Anderson was back in

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