Sir Alex Ferguson had admitted that in the wake of last night’s 3-2 Europa League defeat against Athletic Bilbao at Old Trafford, Manchester United must start doing things differently to improve at home.
The defending Premier League champions suffered a 6-1 league defeat at home against Manchester City earlier in the season and have beaten only one opponent – Otelul Galati – at the Theater of Dreams across both European competitions.
Conceding three away goals to Athletic means that Fergie’s side will now need to score at least twice in the Basque Country in the return legs to maintain their hopes of progressing to the quarterfinals.
While the manager admitted that juggling the intensely competitive Premier League title race with European competitions has taken a toll on the latter, he assured the United faithful that the Red Devils will rethink the manner in which they approach home fixtures.
“We’ve had a bad season in Europe, it has to be said. We’ve lost three goals against Basel, two against Benfica, two to Ajax and three tonight (against Bilbao). That tells the story,” Sir Alex told Manchester United’s official website.
The Scot added: “Maybe it’s just one of these years when we need to take stock in terms of assessing how we should approach games at home. I’m going to need to assess our games because we’re maybe finding it difficult to marry the two competitions together, playing Thursdays and Sundays as we do normally with the Champions League.
“I think we can win the game okay. I made the point during the week that we’re now starting to get players back. To marry the two together successfully, I think you need the full squad.”
United will host West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon while league leaders Manchester City will take to the field at Swansea simultaneously to defend their two point lead over the defending English champions.