The boss knows United have the strength of belief to recover from such a setback, having done so on many occasions in the past. So, rather than dwell on the 6-1 reverse, he is keeping focused on making sure the champions are in the title mix when the trophy is handed out in May.
"We can analyse it as much as you want but it won’t do us any good," he said of last Sunday's loss. "My attitude is to completely forget it – it never happened. It won’t do us any good looking back on that game. What we can do at Everton is show Manchester United in its proper light. We didn’t do that last week. We can do that tomorrow."
For the manager, it is all about how the wounded animal reacts and he expects his team to set the record straight.
"We’ve done that pretty well over the years," Sir Alex mused. "We lost 5-0 to Newcastle and won the league by 10/11 points or something like that. We have the experience of being able to recover many, many times. That’s what you have to do when
"What we can do at Everton is show Manchester United in its proper light. We didn’t do that last week."
- Sir Alex Ferguson
Everton v United
29 October 2011, Goodison Park
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