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Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler agreed for summer in England

This is one for the ages! Froch lands mega summer fight with rival Kessler in the UK

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Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

12:28 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 15 January 2013

Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler have agreed terms for a blockbuster summer rematch in the UK.

The date and venue have not yet been confirmed but the super middleweights are expected to clash on May 25 in London.

Froch suffered his first professional defeat and lost his WBC world title in their previous bout in April 2010, a contentious unanimous decision after a thriller in Denmark.

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Home advantage: Carl Froch will get his chance to exact revenge over Mikkel Kessler in the UK this summer after losing to the Dane in 2010

Home advantage: Carl Froch will get his chance to exact revenge over Mikkel Kessler in the UK this summer after losing to the Dane in 2010

But after a run of fights against the best in the division, he has since picked up and defended the IBF belt, which will be staked in the rematch against the WBA (regular) champion.

‘This is the fight that I want more than anything in the world,’ said Froch.

‘I put Mikkel up there as one of the great warriors in boxing and I am so excited about this fight and the chance to set the record straight against him.’

‘I promised Carl we would meet again and here we are, getting ready to leave it all in the ring for a second time,’ said five-time world champion Kessler, who like Froch has only lost two fights.

Ready to rumble: Froch will be looking to celebrate what would be the biggest win of his career this summer with the support of girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

Ready to rumble: Froch will be looking to celebrate what would be the biggest win of his career this summer with the support of girlfriend Rachael Cordingley

‘I have the utmost of respect for Carl, I
feel we are very much alike. He is a great champion, a true warrior
that has fought the best opponents all over the world in some of the
most hostile places, just like me.

'Our first fight, especially the last round, showed what we are all about and I was to do it again.

‘Since that first fight, I have become even stronger. I am fresh, I am healthy and I am ready to defeat him once again. I dont care where we fight, I said anytime, anywhere. I plan to make my loyal Viking fans, as well as everybody else in Denmark, very proud once again. I am ready for war.’

Packing a punch: Froch was impressive in his comfortable victory over Yusaf Mack in his last ring outing

Packing a punch: Froch was impressive in his comfortable victory over Yusaf Mack in his last ring outing

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn added:
‘This is one for the ages. My hat goes off to both men for putting
everything on the line here in what can only be an epic battle. Too many
super fights fall by the wayside so to make Froch v Kessler II is a
dream come true.

‘Froch v Kessler I was a barnburner but I really feel Carl is a different fighter now, especially in the UK. These are the kinds of fights and nights that can cement the legacy of Carl Froch and no one deserves it more.

'We know what to expect from both men and either way it's going to be brutal.’

VIDEO Eddie Hearn is looking forward to the summer rematch

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Michael van Gerwen beats Adrian Lewis in World Darts Championship quarter-final

Lewis OUT! Mighty Mike hits Jackpot as he sends the reigning champion packing after a classic at Ally Pally

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UPDATED:

23:28 GMT, 29 December 2012

Adrian Lewis’s quest for a third straight world title came to a shuddering halt on Saturday night as he lost 5-4 to an inspired Michael van Gerwen.

The Dutchman showed why he was the pre-tournament second favourite as he overcame some early double problems and withstood everything ‘Jackpot’ threw at him in an astonishing tussle at Ally Pally.

Van Gerwan will play James Wade in the semis after ‘The Machine’ edged past West Newton 5-4 in a classic first match of the evening.

Thriller: Van Gerwen won a classic contest to move into the semi-finals

Thriller: Van Gerwen won a classic contest to move into the semi-finals

‘Mighty Mike’ wasted no time in taking
the opening set as he pounced on Lewis’s double trouble to win it 3-0.
The Dutchman broke throw in the second leg after the reigning champion
missed six darts at a double.

But ‘MVG’ had problems on doubles himself and Lewis took advantage to win the second set 3-1.

Van Gerwen’s troubles continued in the
third set as he almost threw away a 2-0 lead with a hatful of missed
doubles. The Dutchman had chances in legs three and four to take the set
but eventually hit double 10 in the deciding leg to move 2-1 ahead.

‘Jackpot’ quickly levelled, though, as
he won the fourth set 3-0 thanks to a 136 checkout on Van Gerwen’s
throw in the second leg.

But Van Gerwen responded with a 3-0
set of his own as he upped his game in the fifth set. The Dutchman came
close to a nine-dart finish but settled for an 11-dart leg to break
Lewis’s throw and move back ahead.

Lewis didn’t back down, though, and he
took the sixth set 3-1 as Van Gerwen’s double trouble returned. But
just when the reigning champion seemed to be taking control of the
match, the Dutchman came roaring back.

Gallant: Lewis played his best match of the tournament but it wasn't enough against the impressive Dutchman

Gallant: Lewis played his best match of the tournament but it wasn't enough against the impressive Dutchman

The two-time winner broke throw to
lead 2-1 in the seventh set with a chance to move 4-3 ahead and just one
set away from the semis. But Van Gerwan checked out 120 to break
straight back before hitting double top in the deciding leg to take the
set.

Then, as expected, it was Lewis’s turn
to strike back as he hit an 11-dart leg to break Van Gerwen’s throw to
take the set 3-1 and force a decider.

The gripping contest continued to
excite in the final set and it was Lewis who struck first. ‘Jackpot’
broke Van Gerwen’s throw to lead 2-1 but, typical of the contest, Van
Gerwen pulled off an incredible 83 checkout to level at 2-2 as Lewis
missed two darts at tops.

The Dutchman then checked out 108 to hold and move 3-2 ahead before breaking throw in the next leg to seal a brilliant win.

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen came out on top in a final-set thriller

Mighty Mike: Van Gerwen came out on top in a final-set thriller

Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: ‘We played
a very good game. I was struggling on my doubles but he played so well.
This is my biggest year ever and I’m playing so well at the moment.’

A despondent Lewis said: ‘That is
probably the best game we’ve seen on TV. It was better than Barney and
Taylor’s match (in 2007).’

‘Mighty Mike’ will look to avenge his
World Matchplay defeat to Wade, who was cruising towards victory at 4-2
before a determined fight-back from Newton.

Newton raced into a 2-0 lead before Wade broke in the first leg of the third set before reducing his deficit to 2-1.

Machine: Wade prevailed in a final-set thriller

Machine: Wade prevailed in a final-set thriller

The fourth set proved to be pivotal as Newton missed three darts at tops which would have taken him 3-1 ahead. Wade pounced to force a deciding leg in the set before hitting double 10, albeit at the fourth time of asking, to level at 2-2.

‘The Machine’ then won five out of the next six legs to go 4-2 up as he looked set for an easy ride into the semis.

But Newton wasn’t finished yet and he won the seventh set 3-0 before levelling at 4-4 to force a decider.

But it was Wade who prevailed as he broke Newton’s throw before sealing the set 3-1 and the match 5-4.

The semi-final clash will take place on Sunday night along with the mouth-watering showdown between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

Determined: Newton pushed Wade all the way with a spirited effort

Determined: Newton pushed Wade all the way with a spirited effort

Sir Alex Ferguson to face no action from FA after Mike Dean row

In the clear: Fergie escapes FA charge despite his persistent rant at officials in Boxing Day thriller with Newcastle

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UPDATED:

13:33 GMT, 27 December 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has escaped any punishment from the FA for his conduct towards officials during his team’s win over Newcastle yesterday.

However action over Roberto Mancini and Harry Redknapp is under consideration after they were highly critical of refereeing performances following their defeats.

The Manchester United manager confronted referee Mike Dean at half time, then expressed his anger at fourth official Neil Swarbrick, before arguing with assistant Jake Collin after the visitor’s second goal was allowed to stand despite initially being ruled out for offside.

Fuming: Sir Alex Ferguson has been cleared by the FA after remonstrating with officials

Fuming: Sir Alex Ferguson has been cleared by the FA after remonstrating with officials

Fuming: Sir Alex Ferguson has been cleared by the FA after remonstrating with officials

But Dean did not include any mention
of the incidents in his match report and as such, English football’s
governing body consider the matter closed.

Sportsmail understands that while
Ferguson appeared extremely heated once Jonny Evans' own goal had been
given – with Papiss Cisse stood in an offside position – he did not
abuse or use insulting language towards the officials. In fact, Dean and
Ferguson held a ‘reasonable and rational’ conversation about the goal
and the game’s laws, even if the United boss disagreed with its
interpretation.

Barrage: Ferguson complained to assistant referee Jake Collin after a controversial Jonny Evans own goal

Barrage: Ferguson complained to assistant referee Jake Collin after a controversial Jonny Evans own goal

Thriller: United went on to take the game against Newcastle at the death

Thriller: United went on to take the game against Newcastle at the death

Looming: Ferguson glares at the linesman after the decision

Looming: Ferguson glares at the linesman after the decision

Looming: Ferguson glares at the linesman after the decision

THOSE THE FA DID PUNISH…

Liverpool midfielder Suso was fined 10,000 earlier this month for sending a homophobic tweet to team-mate Jose Enrique.

Suso replied to a picture posted on Twitter by Enrique showing the Reds defender getting his teeth whitened. The 19-year-old Spaniard tweeted: ‘What f*** is he doing This guy is gay… he does everything except play football.’

After Suso was slapped with a fine, Enrique jumped to his defence and said: 'Is amazing how fa can fine my friend @suso30fernandez for a banter thing. Was just a joke!!!'

Chelsea captain John Terry was found guilty by the FA of making racist comments to QPR's Anton Ferdinand.

Despite being cleared of a criminal charge after last season's incident, Terry was banned for four games and fined 220,000.

Terry's team-mate Ashley Cole received a whopping 90,000 fine back in October for a profane outburst on Twitter.

He labelled the FA a 'bunch of t***s'
after an independent regulatory commission investigating the Terry
racial abuse case had cast doubt over Cole's evidence.

Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez served an eight-match ban last season after being adjudged to have repeatedly racially abused Patrice Evra by the FA.

Dean did not send Ferguson to the stands during the game, an indication that nothing against the rules had taken place.

Ferguson has avoided punishment just days after the FA opted to take no action against Swansea's Ashley Williams for hammering the ball at Robin van Persie's head as he lay on the ground.

The United manager had said that Van Persie was 'lucky to be alive' after being struck in the back of the head from point-blank range. Although Ferguson claimed Williams hit Van Persie deliberately, the centre back downplayed the incident, claiming he was trying to clear the ball.

However, Manchester City boss Mancini
could yet be handed a ban for his comments aimed at referee Kevin
Friend. The Italian was angered by a challenge on Pablo Zabaleta in the
build-up to Sunderland’s winning goal went unpunished.

Mancini said after the 1-0 defeat at
the Stadium of Light: ‘The referee, he ate too much for Christmas. I do
not know how he could miss this. He was not in good form.’

FA rules do not allow managers to
question the integrity of officials and Mancini’s suggestion that Friend
over-indulged falls into this category. Ironically, Ferguson was banned
for two-games after branding Alan Wiley ‘unfit’ following a game in
2010.

Redknapp could also be in the dock
after his admonishment of referee Chris Foy and assistant Harry Lennard.
Robert Green felt he was impeded for West Bromwich’s match-winning goal
at Loftus Road and Lennard missed a blatant handball in the box by Liam
Ridgewell in injury time.

Redknapp said of the assistant: ‘Maybe he should go to Specsavers.’ He added: ‘I thought they were awful decisions.’

Smouldering: Ferguson stood behind Collins after half-time

Smouldering: Ferguson stood behind Collins after half-time

Happy: Ferguson held his arms aloft after watching United come from behind three times against Newcastle

Happy: Ferguson held his arms aloft after watching United come from behind three times against Newcastle

Sealed it: Javier Hernandez finally put United in front of Newcastle late in the game

Sealed it: Javier Hernandez finally put United in front of Newcastle late in the game

Omission: Mike Dean decided not to include the incident in his match report

Omission: Mike Dean decided not to include the incident in his match report

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4 – match report

Peterborough 5 Bolton 4: Posh hold on despite late Trotters surge

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 22 December 2012

Peterborough's flying start proved decisive as they edged Bolton in a nine-goal thriller at London Road.

Buoyed by their surprise victory over leaders Cardiff last week, Posh raced into a two goal lead inside six minutes thanks to Lee Tomlin and Dwight Gayle.

Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews reduced the arrears from the penalty spot but George Thorne's drive made it 3-1 shortly after half-time.

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Topsy-turvy: Peterborough emerged on top after an epic tussle

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Bostwick, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Little (Alcock 89), Thorne, Rowe, Boyd, Newell (Ferdinand 81), Gayle, Tomlin.

Subs Not Used: Day, Brisley, Swanson, McCann, Kearns.

Goals: Tomlin 2, Gayle 6, Thorne 47, Little 69, Zakuani 83.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews (Petrov 81), Lee (Sordell 50), Butterfield (Afobe 50), Eagles, Kevin Davies.

Subs Not Used: Lainton, Alonso, Ream, Pratley.

Booked: Butterfield, Kevin Davies, Ricketts, Andrews.

Goals: Andrews 45 pen, 56 pen, Afobe 85, Petrov 87.

Att: 6,600

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Another Andrews spot kick prompted
Bolton's most promising period of the match but United defenders Mark
Little and Gabriel Zakuani got in on the act to apparently make the
points safe.

But there was a final twist as
Wanderers substitutes Benik Afobe and Martin Petrov netted inside the
final six minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

Victory for Barnsley at Millwall and
Bristol City's draw at Ipswich means Darren Ferguson's side remain
bottom of the table, while Dougie Freedman's Bolton head into Christmas
eight points shy of the play-off places in 16th.

A cross-field ball from George Boyd
in the second minute skidded through Bolton centre-back Zat Knight on
the greasy surface, allowing Tomlin to race clear before cutting back
onto his right foot and planting a low shot past Adam Bogdan.

Wanderers goalkeeper Bogdan made a
magnificent reflex save to stop Tomlin doubling his tally moments later
but the Hungary international could do nothing when Sam Ricketts failed
to clear Tommy Rowe's cross and Gayle thrashed home on the half-volley –
his fifth goal in four games.

Confidence was understandably
coursing through Peterborough and Boyd fizzed an ambitious 35-yard
effort narrowly over after Thorne dispossessed Andrews.

In the 15th minute Tomlin went close
again, skipping past two challenges before curling against the post from
the edge of the box.

Boyd passed up the opportunity to add
a third, shooting wide at the end of a mazy run, before Bolton were
handed a lifeline in first half stoppage time.

Zakuani was penalised for holding
down Ricketts when Butterfield delivered a corner from the right and,
despite Chris Eagles volleying the loose ball into the net, referee
Nigel Miller pointed to the spot.

Andrews held his nerve, blasting low
to the left of Posh goalkeeper Robert Olejnik – a virtual spectator for
the opening 45 minutes.

But haphazard defending undid Bolton
at the start of the second half, as it had in the first, and after they
failed to clear in the 47th minute Thorne swept home from the edge of
the area.

Freedman threw on Marvin Sordell and
Afobe shortly afterward to bolster his side's attack and the latter
helped them reduce the advantage again with 56 minutes played.

A bustling run from Arsenal loanee was ended illegally in the area by Joe Newell and once more Andrews did the honours.

Afobe continued to cause problems for
the Peterborough defence but at the other end there remained plenty to
encourage the hosts and their two goal lead was restored for a third
time.

Tomlin dragged wide after being teed
up by strike partner Gayle and, with 21 minutes to go, Little
emphatically drove into the top corner at the back post from Newell's
left wing cross.

Zakuani's far post header to convert Tomlin's right wing corner appeared to have sealed it but Afobe and Petrov had other ideas.

The former converted his team-mates'
84th minute corner from close range and when Petrov emphatically crashed
into the top corner on the angle three minutes later Bolton had got to
within touching distance of a point they scarcely deserved.

Robbie Keane wanted by Aston Villa, Norwich and QPR

Aston Villa, Norwich and QPR Keane on bringing Robbie back to Premier League

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UPDATED:

06:42 GMT, 10 December 2012

Robbie Keane is being chased by Premier League trio Aston Villa, QPR and Norwich who all want the LA Galaxy forward on loan this winter.

Keane was instrumental in Galaxy's MLS Cup victory two weeks ago and could be available until the start of the American soccer season in March.

Yanks for coming: Keane has won the MLS Cup in consecutive years

Yanks for coming: Keane has won the MLS Cup in consecutive years

However, the former Tottenham striker has has no plans to move back to the Premier League at the moment, but that will not stop the interested parties from trying to tempt him back.

Keane wants to use the time between seasons to recover from the injuries he has sustained inn recent months, according to reports in the Mirror.

The 32-year-old scored three goals in seven games for Aston Villa in a similar arrangement at the beginning of this year.

Keane, whom Harry Redknapp managed at Spurs shone in his first full season with LA Galaxy, scoring 22 goals in 34 games and winning his second MLS Cup in David Beckham's final game in the USA on November 20.

Villa thriller: Keane scored three goals in seven games while on loan

Villa thriller: Keane scored three goals in seven games while on loan

NextGen series: Arsenal through to last 16

Arsenal progress through to NextGen last 16 after winning six goal thriller against Bilbao

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UPDATED:

00:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Arsenal's youngsters put on a sublime display to win 4-2 against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday evening and advance through to the last 16 of the NextGen series.

In a must-win game for the hosts, the Gunners got off to the perfect start with Jon Toral heading home from close range to make it 1-0 after seven minutes. Athletic struck back almost immediately from the penalty spot through Ager Aqueche, who calmly slotted into the bottom corner.

Opener: Jon Toral (left) celebrates his first-half strike

Opener: Jon Toral (left) celebrates his first-half strike

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Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are also taking part in the competition. For a full review of the groups click here

Quickfire second-half goals from Zak
Ansah, Isaac Hayden and John Toral put Arsenal into a commanding lead
before Athletic grabbed a consolation goal late on.

Bilbao remain in second place in Group
6 with a game left to play against Olympiacos next week. Should they
avoid defeat against the Greeks they will advance through to the last 16
of the tournament as group winners.

Mo Farah Mobot video released for charity single

Hero Farah wants YOU to send him Mobot videos for a chance to feature in his music video

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02:33 GMT, 21 November 2012

It was the most iconic celebration of the Olympic Games, surpassing even Usain Bolt's famous pose in terms of popularity.

And now Mo Farah's 'Mobot' has made its way into the music world.

It may be a song reminiscent of the Cheeky Girls and Barbie Girl for it's cringe factor, but 'Do The Mobot' is to be released to raise funds for the Mo Farah Foundation.

Scroll down to see Mo Farah's 'how to' for Do The Mobot

Celebrate: Mo Farah's 'Mobot' became the Olympics' most iconic pose

Celebrate: Mo Farah's 'Mobot' became the Olympics' most iconic pose

The charity has already set about using the celebration's popularity, with Premier League football club Tottenham, rugby club Harlequins, and even West End musical Thriller submitting their own versions.

And Farah – the two-time Olympic gold medal winner – wants the public to send in their own attempts. The best will then be invited to appear in the official music video.

To tee everyone up, the distance runner has released a very special 'how to' on YouTube. And you can see it yourselves below.

For more information on the Mo Farah Foundation, click here

Robin Van Persie celebrates goal against Chelsea: Image of the week Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My favourite image of the week… Van Persie celebrates his goal against Chelsea

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16:24 GMT, 29 October 2012

This is Robin Van Persie celebrating his goal against Chelsea on Sunday where Manchester United won 3-2 in an action packed thriller.

There were 58 photographers at the game, spread around the pitch and fortunately I was in the right position to catch Van Persie after he scored after 12 minutes, seen here running towards the Chelsea fans.

The expression on his face is one of intensity and passion.

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Van the man: The Manchester United striker celebrates his goal against Chelsea to make it 2-0 early in the first half

Van the man: The Manchester United striker celebrates his goal against Chelsea to make it 2-0 early in the first half

Del Potro stuns home favourite Federer to win Swiss title in Basle

Del Potro stuns hometown favourite Federer to win Swiss Indoor title in Basle thriller

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18:16 GMT, 28 October 2012

Juan Martin del Potro upset the odds to defeat hometown favourite Roger Federer and win the Swiss Indoors title in Basle.

The big-hitting Argentinian, who was beaten in the London 2012 Olympics semi-finals by Federer, secured revenge to beat the world No 1 6-4 6-7 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3).

Winning feeling: Juan Martin del Potro celebrates his victory over Roger Federer

Winning feeling: Juan Martin del Potro celebrates his victory over Roger Federer

Switzerland's Roger Federer after losing his final match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro

Federer was chasing his sixth Swiss Indoors title and his third tournament victory in a row, but Del Potro took the first set to give him confidence after losing his previous six meetings with Federer this year.

The 31-year-old Federer was competing in his ninth Swiss Indoors final and hit back in the second set to set up a decider.

Main man: Del Potro reversed his recent bad run of form against Federer

Main man: Del Potro reversed his recent bad run of form against Federer

The third set, like the second, went all the way to a tie-break as both players took the strain of a match that lasted two hours and 44 minutes.

But it was Del Potro who secured his second successive title, having also won in Vienna last week.

Sir Alex Ferguson vows to tackle Manchester United"s dozy defending

Fergie vows to tackle dozy defending after United go a goal down eight times in 12 matches

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09:58 GMT, 24 October 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson underlined the
extent of Manchester United's defensive crisis by admitting he is
baffled by the way they keep conceding goals.

United edged out Braga 3-2 in a
Champions' League thriller at Old Trafford on Tuesday, but only after going behind
for the eighth time in their last 12 games.

Slow starters: Alan celebrates his early goal as United were caught napping

Slow starters: Alan celebrates his early goal as United were caught napping

They were two behind inside 20 minutes, and though two goals from Javier Hernandez and a Jonny Evans strike helped maintain their 100 per cent record in the group, it was the fifth time this season their defence has been breached at least twice.

Asked about their defensive frailty, Ferguson shook his head, and said: 'I just can't get to the bottom of it, I'm afraid.

'If you analyse the goals we have been losing, they have been all different types. They have come from all sorts, throw-ins, crosses, cut-backs.

Double trouble: Braga's Alan, right, celebrates after scoring second goal

Double trouble: Braga's Alan, right, celebrates after scoring second goal

'But the one common theme has been there have been players free in the box to punish us.

'It is difficult to put your finger on it, but we have not been starting games well, that is for sure. It is always home games where we are losing early goals. Away, no problem. It is a concern, but we will sort it out, I'm sure of that.

'It has been the story of our season, starting poorly, losing goals and having to fight back to rescue games, and we have to do something to address that.'

Sight for sore eyes: Fergie finds it difficult to watch as United struggle in the first half

Sight for sore eyes: Fergie finds it difficult to watch as United struggle

Midfielder Shinji Kagawa is due to have a scan at a Manchester hospital on Wednesday, after twisting his knee, while keeper Anders Lindegaard has been ruled out of Sunday's game at Chelsea with a thumb injury.

'Kagawa twisted his knee,' Ferguson said. 'He struggled on for 20 minutes but we will assess because we don't know the extent of it at the moment.'