Manchester United not quite ready to join title race, claims Moyes

Manchester United appear to be back on the right tracks, but David Moyes admits they have plenty of work to do to get back into the title race.

The Reds looked to be well out of contention after suffering two successive home defeats to Everton and Newcastle United, which took their total number of losses to five already. However, they have since bounced back in the style of Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams, and the Boxing Day win at Hull City was their third successive triumph.

However, they are still only seventh in the Premier League standings, and remain some eight points behind leaders Arsenal. And whilst Moyes is pleased that his side have bounced back from an awful start to December, the Scot admits there is still a long way to go before he can think about defending the title his players won last term.

“We’ve got a long way to go. We can only try to hang on to the teams that are above us,” he told Sky Sports. “We’re going to have to win an awful lot of games between now and the end of the season but the players are making a right good go of it and I believe we can be there or thereabouts at the end of the season and that is what we’ll try to do.”

United hope to continue their recovery with another three points on Saturday afternoon, when they travel to Norwich City. Last season they suffered a surprise 1-0 reverse at Carrow Road, before winning 16 of their next 18 games. However, such is their predicament this time, they cannot afford anything other than three points this time round.


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