David Moyes is prepared to take full responsibility for Manchester United’s recent woes, but he remains confident their fortune will soon change.
Moyes was installed as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor in the summer, after the legendary Reds boss finally called time on his sensational spell at Old Trafford. However, the former Everton boss has struggled to make an impact at his new club, with a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United being the fifth Premier League reverse of the campaign.
This leaves the reigning champions in ninth place and some 13 points behind leaders Arsenal, after just 15 matches of the season played. Although it is widely accepted that a number of the first team squad are underperforming, Moyes has also come in for some sharp criticism and he insists he is prepared to accept responsibility.
“I take complete responsibility for the results, fortunately they’ve been good in the (UEFA) Champions League but not in the Premier League so I take responsibility for them as well and I would like them to be much better, and I’ve got no doubt they will,” said Moyes in his press conference on Monday. “The players aren’t happy because they’re used to winning and when they don’t win, that hurts them. They care very much, about their team, about their club, and they’ll respond in the right way, I’ve got no doubt about that.”
As well as Newcastle, United have suffered home defeats to West Bromwich Albion and Everton this season, and on the road they have lost to Liverpool and Manchester City. Their next match is a trip to the Midlands to take on Aston Villa, who have got the better of the Reds just three times in 42 games since the inception of the Premier League.
Before that clash, United take on Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. Unlike their form on the domestic front Moyes’s side have made light work of their task in Europe, with a hugely impressive 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen clinching their place in the last 16 of the competition. They will now look to beat the Ukrainian side in Manchester to ensure they finish top of Group A and, as such, should get a favourable draw for the next round.