Moyes insists Man Utd are in position to fight on for top-four spot
Manchester United manager David Moyes insists his side will not give up the fight for a top-four spot. The Red Devils picked up a goalless draw against Arsenal at the Emirates, but they still have a long road ahead before sealing a top-four spot on the Premier League table.
The mouthwatering game between the two teams had created a lot hype, which is why the goalless draw was a huge disappointment. Arsenal dominated the game with the lion’s share of ball possession and the most number of attacks on goal, yet Manchester United’s resilient defense deserves praise as well for keeping most of the attacks at bay.
Generally, both teams failed to live up to expectations. In Manchester United’s case this was expected because of their poor run this season, but Arsenal, who arrived fresh from a 5-1 defeat to Liverpool, were expected to fire in goals against Manchester United.
The result of this game has made Chelsea return to the top of the table. Manchester City could have been on top instead of Chelsea had they won their home game against Sunderland. The game has been postponed for a later date, so Manchester City still have a chance of leading the Premier League table. They will be on level points with Chelsea, but a better goal difference will keep them ahead.
Even after a goalless draw and finding his side to be 15 points behind table leaders Chelsea, Moyes insists his side can challenge for a top-four spot. Manchester United are out of the FA Cup, which means they will have more time to concentrate on the Premier League. Moyes’ men are now heading out for a training break in Dubai before resuming Premier League action with Crystal Palace on the road on February 22.
“All I can do, and I keep saying it, is we will try and win the next game and pick it up,” Moyes told reporters. “If there is one club in history who have been great at winning games in the second half of the season and putting pressure on the teams above it is Manchester United. We will continue to try and do that and make it work.
“We can only do our job the best we can. We want to play better. We cannot bother about other teams. We can only put pressure on by winning our games. I believe the desire is still there in the squad. I see them and they are great lads. They are fantastic with their training and their commitment is first class.”