David Moyes has taken full responsibility for Manchester United’s slow start to the 2013/14 Premier League season with the club 13 points behind Arsenal in first place.
Moyes admits that he has failed to get the best from his players so far and is prepared to take action in the January transfer window. The Scott will however be looking for the boards backing, something they unforgivably did not do during the summer.
United 1-0 defeat by Newcastle on Saturday was a second consecutive loss at home (Everton 1-0) which sees the club positioned ninth in the league table. Yohan Cabaye’s 61st-minute strike left United nine points from the relegation zone and seven off a Champions League qualification spot.
Following the disappointing game, Moyes said.
“I need to make sure I’m getting the best out of the players and we’re performing as well as we can do. I think we can play better but there were a lot of games last year where Manchester United didn’t play particularly well and maybe in a game like that sneaked it with a goal.”
Is this a worry?
“It is a concern because I tried to chuck the kitchen sink at them. I tried to put Antonio on to go without a right-back [for Rafael da Silva] and get Adnan [Januzaj] to come in. We looked to try to find openings to give us a chance and we nearly put on as many attacking options as we could to try to get those chances.”
Moyes confident that supporters comprehend the bigger picture at the club despite several sections of Old Trafford were heard booing on Saturday.
“I think they all understand it and most of them know exactly. Of course no one expects Manchester United to lose games, no more so than me, but it is a fact and my job is to make it better. The Manchester United supporters know about the transition. They’re well aware of it. I don’t think they hoped we’d be in this position but we’ve got roughly the same squad that was champions last year and we’ve not changed an awful lot in that period.”
Does the failure to lure Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines in the summer mean this upcoming winter window will be more productive?
“In any transfer window you don’t want to be bringing in a full batch of players so I think there is a period of time that it takes. The last one would be a difficult one after just joining the club so we’ve got a window in January where we think if it’s right for the club we will do so. If not we will look again in the summer. This club is always looking to bring in the best talent and that won’t change.”
Must Moyes buy?
“I don’t think I’ll feel under pressure personally to do it as I’ll try to do the right things. I tend to take my time and try to assess what are the best talents to bring in. You can see from the players I brought in at Everton – the other night you would say they were all very good choices.”
In regard to taking full responsibility, I disagree. I don’t necessarily believe the players are taking enough responsibility because it is known that we have a few non-performers, and that’s something that must change.