We earn own goals - Fletcher

Last updated : 11 February 2010 By Manchester Evening News

When James Collins turned a Ryan Giggs cross-shot into his own net at Aston Villa last night to secure a 1-1 draw for the champions, it took the tally to 10.

That figure is second in the goalscoring charts, more than Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen and nearly halfway towards Wayne Rooney's tally of 23.

But, according to Fletcher, anyone putting that huge number down to bad luck on the opposition's part would be missing the point.

"The own goals come from putting teams under pressure," said the Scotland skipper.

"If you put the ball into the right areas, it is difficult to defend.

"When you look at all these own goals there is always a United player coming in behind them who could easily tap the ball into the net.

"If we can put the ball between the goalkeeper and the defence and one of your players can get on it, great. But it certainly causes problems for defenders and fortunately for us, they have been knocking them into their own net."

Source: Manchester Evening News

Source: M.E.N.