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Ferguson’s Manchester United away day rap
Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov that their away form has not been good enough this season. United boss Ferguson swept aside the euphoria that followed Rooney’s wonder winner in Saturday’s Manchester derby to tell his strike pair they must improve their goal record on their travels if Manchester United are to reclaim the Premier League title. Only four of Berbatov’s 19 league goals and one of Rooney’s five have come on the road and Ferguson believes that explains the imbalance in United’s results this season. He said: “What we need to get out of Wayne and Berba is those performances away from home. They have not been as good as they have been at home. It is a quandary because they should be dictating games away from home. If they do, it will make a hell of a difference to us.”
In The Sun, Rooney dedicates the “best goal” of his career to the United fans he feels he has let down. The Reds striker, who has netted five times this season, says: “It was a special feeling for the fans because they deserved more from me. I’ve not had the best of seasons and know how big this game is in Manchester, so I hope they enjoyed that.”
Elsewhere, Brian Woolnough of the Daily Star pays tribute to Chris Smalling’s performance in the Manchester derby. Woolnough writes: “Smalling is twice the defender he was when he completed his £10million move from Fulham. The defender is developing into a class act.”