Siris unhappy with his side’s performance against minnows Norwich City, who grabbed a 1-0 win over the Red Devils on the weekend.
United are now one point behind Manchester City, who managed a convincing 5-0 win over Aston Villa. The Red Devils never really looked like winning the game, as they were held by a well-organized Norwich, who are now undefeated in the past five Premier League games.
It was perhaps the aging midfield ofand or the lack of urgency from both Antonio Valencia and , as apart from the miss-kick by Robin Van Persie or an effort from Young, United were on the back foot throughout the first half.
Even after falling behind, United didn’t spring into life as they had done on so many occasions and not even the inclusion ofor could change the fortunes for the Red Devils.
Sir Alex, therefore, complained that his side was never in the match altogether.
"We were too long in delaying our crosses. We should have got the ball in earlier. But we just didn't get into the space behind them, it just didn't happen for us. Norwich got plenty of men behind the ball and closed out all of the spaces and we just couldn't get our crosses in," stated the 70-year-old.
Sir Alex also praised the discipline and the overall performance of Norwich, stating that his opponents were superior in every department and their total hard work throughout the match paid off.
Manchester United were without the service of first-choice goalkeeper David De Gea and, who had a tonsillitis issue. The England forward played no part in their recent friendly against Sweden and was sorely missed in this fixture.
"We hope he will be in on Sunday, we will see what he is like then. If he does [come in] hopefully we can get him ready for Tuesday," said the United boss on the situation of Wayne Rooney.
Manchester United would have to up their game considerably, despite being only a point from the summit. They cannot rely on their strikers’ ability to outscore their opponents every time they fall behind and would have to be more solid, especially in the midfield. The side that played against Norwich lacked pace or any flair to move forward and most of the players looked confused when on the ball.