Sir Alex Ferguson felt Manchester United were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Tottenham

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United felt his team were 'very unlucky' to lose 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur

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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United were 'very unlucky' to lose 3-2 at Tottenham Hotspur after a change in attitude in the second half.

Spurs claimed a first win at Old Trafford since 1989 after surviving a second-half onslaught from United, with Clint Dempsey's goal eventually proving to be decisive.

Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were both denied by the woodwork as Ferguson was left to lament a below-par display in the first half.

The United boss said: "It was quite a game. The first half we never started, didn't get into the game.

"From there we were just playing against the wind. The second half we played fantastic, just trying to get something from the game, and I think we were very unlucky.

"I think the attitude changed, that was the important thing. Wayne's (Rooney) ability does help but the attitude of the players was excellent everywhere on the pitch."

United had a host of penalty appeals turned down, with both their goalscorers - Nani and Shinji Kagawa - going down under challenges in the area and handball shouts against both Sandro and William Gallas.

"There were quite a few," said Ferguson. "I think the one in the first half was a clear penalty kick, but maybe Nani made a meal of it and he didn't need to do that. He was clearly pulled back.

"The ones in the second half, I'm not so sure."