United blame fitness for lack of goals

Man United blamed their poor match fitness for their lack of goals in a match against Amazulu.

Manchester United players get ready to take on Amazulu at the Moses Mabhida stadium on 18 July 2012. Picture: Alexia Grigoratos via Twitter

DURBAN - Manchester United blamed their poor match fitness as a reason for their lack of goals against Amazulu on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils failed to live up to expectations when they only scored one goal to win their first match of their tour of South Africa against Amazulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Federico Macheda scored in the 19th minute with the help of Dimitar Berbatov.

Manager Alex Ferguson said the younger players in his side still have got a lot of work to do.

"The younger players who played today did ok. I think they have huge potential, but physically we still have a lot to do."

Ferguson said the type and amount of substitutes he made also changed the face of the game.

"We're trying to give many players some game time, but there's always a danger when many changes."

Meanwhile, the entire stadium sang happy birthday to Madiba before the game, as the former statesman turned 94.

The side will now play Ajax Cape Town on Saturday.