Sir Alex Ferguson "expected a better performance"

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Sir Alex Ferguson admits that his Manchester United team deserved to lose against Chelsea.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has conceded that his side deserved to be beaten by Chelsea at Old Trafford earlier today.

A late goal from Juan Mata was enough for the Blues to leave the North West with a 1-0 victory, which has boosted their chances of securing Champions League football for next season.

Reflecting on his side's display, Ferguson admitted that he had "expected a better performance".

"There is always an expectation that we should do better. We expected a better performance. After the goal we had no time to get back in it. After that the game was start-stop," he told BBC Sport.

"It was difficult for players coming in. Chelsea had everything to play for. [Some of our players] haven't played for quite a while. That being said, we should be doing better."

Next up for the champions is a home clash against Swansea City.

United striker Robin Van Persie in action against Chelsea on May 5, 2013
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