Fletcher calls for end to slow Man United starts

Darren Fletcher wants to see Manchester United put an end to their habit of giving away the first goal, and has warned that the team will struggle to regain the Premier League title otherwise, according to the Daily Mirror.

Jamie Mackie scored the opening goal of United’s 3-1 win over Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, the 13th time in 20 games that the opposition have taken the lead against the Red Devils this season, the Mirror notes. The newspaper adds that United have overturned the deficit in nine of those matches, while against QPR it was not until the visitors went in front that United turned on the style.

Fletcher, who made a second appearance for United in a week for the first time since recovering from a serious illness, scored the goal that put United in front for the first time after Jonny Evans had levelled, but called on his teammates to tighten up and stop leaving themselves so much work to do to claim three points.

The Scotland international said: “We’re very frustrated. It shouldn’t take going a goal behind for us to start playing. The only positive we can take from it is that every time we do it we seem to respond. But we can’t keep making a habit of it. We want to go on a run of winning games now and not keep conceding first.

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