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Fergie calm in face of loss

BURNLEY, August 20 – Sir Alex Ferguson insists he is not concerned about Manchester United's goal-scoring problems despite managing just one goal in their first two Premier League matches.
FERGIE_RED_The champions beat Birmingham 1-0 on Sunday but slipped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at Burnley in their second match of the season on Wednesday.

Ferguson is still getting to grips with life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez as United have failed to convince at the start of the campaign.

The United manager felt his side still created plenty of chances against the Clarets and thinks they could run riot at Wigan on Saturday if they come up with a similar number of opportunities.

Ferguson, who saw Michael Carrick’s penalty saved at Turf Moor, insists his team will quickly bounce back from losing their second match of the season.

He said: "I’m sure we’ll get a response on Saturday. We’re all disappointed it was a bad result.

"It was a terrific pitch so that’s no excuse. We just should have done better with it.

"We usually take our time to get going. Sometimes it’s October before we get into our best form. But we shouldn’t be losing these games.

"You have to give credit to Burnley. It’s a great night for them. Their fans were fantastic and the pitch was magnificent. Everyone was here for a great night of football.

"It’s not a concern at this stage when you see the chances we’ve had. Two or three players had chances. Michael Owen missed one first half, Ryan Giggs in the second.

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"Michael Carrick had the best chance, the ball was squared to him and he lost the opportunity. Hopefully we get as many chances on a Saturday."

Burnley manager Owen Coyle hopes the victory, which followed Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke, will give his side, who are favourites for an immediate return to the Championship, the belief they belong in the top flight.

Robbie Blake scored the only goal before Brian Jensen came up with a fine penalty save from Carrick.

The Clarets manager believes his side can continue to pick up points despite their next three matches being against Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool.

And he insists that getting off the mark in such style will be just what his team need if they are to avoid relegation.

He said: "I’ve told them to have the belief and confidence and now we’ve got a massive game against Everton on Sunday.

"After we lost on Saturday people felt we would still be bottom of the league with no points after the United game so it was nice to prove them wrong, but we have to continue to do it over the course of the season.

"If you look at it financially then Burnley against United is a total mis-match but what we do have is belief and quality and we have an unbelievable work-ethic.

"We’re going to have to produce that in each and every game in the campaign. It’s a terrific boost and a timely boost because in whatever league you operate in, you want points on the board or the pressure builds on the team.

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"It’s great to have that under our belt and we’ll have to try to get more to go with it.

"My group of players, financially again, will be nowhere near the earnings of some other players in the Premier League but they’re an honest group of players prepared to do everything they can to get points."

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