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"The first half was magnificent. When you get a performance like that in the first half you’re looking forward to a second-half of the same. We took our foot off the pedal. It was too relaxed for me."
- Sir Alex Ferguson

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29/10/2008 21:59, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Boss: We were too relaxed

Sir Alex Ferguson says his players were “too relaxed” in the second half against West Ham, despite being impressed by his team’s exquisite football in the first 45 minutes.

West Ham barely got a kick in the first half as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to give United a commanding lead, but Sir Alex believes it was a chance missed to build on that scoreline and bolster the Reds’ goals tally.

“The first half was magnificent,” said the Reds boss told MUTV. “When you get a performance like that in the first half you’re looking forward to a second-half of the same.

"You hope you can maybe add to the goals tally because you never know, goal difference could be important come the end of the season.

“We didn’t capitalise on our first half performance. They just took their foot off the pedal, playing a couple of gears below what they are capable of. It was too relaxed for me.”

Berbatov summed up the classiness of some of United’s attacks when he set up Ronaldo’s second goal. His wonderful piece of skill to beat James Collins on the byline had his boss in raptures.

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