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The Red Devils' boss feels his team have conceded soft goals in their opening three Premier League games and is only going to be satisfied when his side are balanced

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has demanded his side to tighten up defensively if they want to challenge of the Premier League title.

The Red Devils have conceded five goals in their opening three games this season against Everton, Fulham and Southampton.

Despite fielding a disjointed back four which has seen Michael Carrick feature at centre-half and David De Gea lose his first-team place, Ferguson is still unhappy with his team’s defending.

"We are losing soft goals at the moment," he told reporters. "Do we have to score three in every game to win? I don't want to go down that road.

"We are going to address it, as we did last year, because defending is every bit as important as the goals we are scoring.

"There are goals in our team, there is no question about that. But the other end needs balancing out."

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