Alex Ferguson vowed to sort out his Manchester United’s penalty-taking shambles after they scraped to a 1-0 victory over Galatasaray.
By David Anderson
Nani missed United’s third successive spot-kick on a night when Fergie became the first manager to reach 100 Champions League wins.
He wanted Robin van Persie to take it and will nominate a penalty taker before Sunday’s clash with Liverpool.
“To be honest with you, I have no idea why Nani took it,” said the United manager. “I think Nani just ran and grabbed the ball.
“I thought Robin should have taken it, to be honest with you. I think we will have to decide before the game, which is my fault, I should have done that.
“We missed so many chances in the second half, that was the worrying part.
“Missing the penalty just after half-time still keeps them in the game. If it goes 2-0 at that stage, it would have been very difficult for them to get back.”
Galatasaray should have had at least one penalty and hit the bar and Ferguson was relieved to make a winning start after last season’s Champions League failure.nbsp;
“Obviously after the experience of last season, which was unusual for us, the result was the most important thing,” he said.
“We’re satisfied to get the result that got us three points and the result with Braga losing at home to Cluj, makes it an interesting second game against Cluj.”
He added: “I think I’ve won 100 games because I’ve been here the longest!”
Fergie was also pleased by the great reception Darren Fletcher received when he made his return after 10 months out with a serious bowel condition.
“I think the support recognised what a tough time he’s had for the last year,” he said.
“I think that was a mark of respect, they gave him a marvellous ovation.
“Being out of the game for a year, it took quite a few minutes to really get going. He did one or two good things, but he can only get better after tonight.”