David Moyes dismissed suggestion that Man Utd has lost fear factor
Manchester United manager David Moyes dismissed reports suggesting the Red Devils have lost their fear factor following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson. The new Old Trafford boss was responsible for another lack lustrous result following a 1-1 draw with Southampton at home.
Moyes admits the results have been unsatisfactory, but there is no reason to hit the panic button yet. The Premier League champions are currently eight points away from Arsenal, who are topping the Premier League charts.
Ferguson witnessed Manchester United’s poor form against Southampton first-hand at Old Trafford. The legendary Scotsman has been working as the club director. Ferguson, who is still responsible for making big decisions at the club, also insists that his departure doesn’t the club has lost its fear factor.
“The fear comes from the team on the pitch,” Moyes said. “Obviously Sir Alex Ferguson has a great history, and his experience will always work in charge of any team. But the players have always been the people that have to turn out and do it.”
Manchester United were off target in front of the goal once again. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie possess the killer instinct to turn half-chances into goals, but the duo has been oddly silent as of late. Both players squandered chances of scoring although Van Persie did knock in one. Adam Lallana eliminated Manchester United’s goal advantage with a late equalizer.
“We should probably have put the game to bed earlier,” Moyes said. “We had a couple of chances, hit the bar and had a couple of other opportunities.
“We had some pockets of play when we were very good and there were times when we were not as good. It was a mixed game at times, but we still had those chances that I was hoping we would finish off.”
The best performer for Manchester United was Adnan Januzaj. The 18-year-old forward, who recently signed in a new five-year contract was also at the heart of Manchester United’s goalscoring play.
“We have been trying to get him signed for quite a few months, not just in my time,” Moyes said of Januzaj. “He's an exceptionally talented player and one we are happy to have. He has not looked out of place in the team. He has created goals and been part of some of our best passing movements.
“He's a very talented player and we will try to use him at the right times and make sure we get the best out of him.”