Ferguson blames lack of concentration for United draw

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LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson blamed a lack of concentration from his players for costing them a victory at Arsenal in the top-of-the-table Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium today.

The champions were held to a 2-2 draw by Arsenal who equalised twice, the second coming deep into stoppage time at the end of the match.

''We thought we had done enough to win it, but that's football and I cannot believe that we threw it away at the end,'' the United manager said.

''It was a lack of concentration on both goals. On their first one we should have cleared the ball away for a corner but didn't. We lost our bearings.

''I think we played well, had lots of good possession and had the better chances. We controlled the game but at the end for their second goal, the cross got the faintest of touches and they scored.'' William Gallas's injury-time strike was adjudged to have crossed the line by the linesman and referee Howard Webb as the match reached a frenetic finale.

It was even more special for Gallas who had scored an own goal at the end of the first half to give United the lead.

It took Arsenal three minutes of the second half to equalise when Cesc Fabregas scored his 11th goal of the season.

Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to have sealed the win for United with his 82nd-minute strike before Gallas saved the day for the league leaders.

REUTERS RJ AS2254

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