Moyes satisfied with Man Utd performance after 2-1 loss to Stoke City
Manchester United’s campaign to acquire a top-four spot struck a big setback after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Phil Jones received a bad concussion which made him lose consciousness on the pitch. The England international later returned to action, but perhaps the worst knock was dealt to Manchester United manager David Moyes.
The result of the game gave critics another opportunity to have a go at Moyes, who has been under severe scrutiny from within his ranks despite being handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson as his successor at Old Trafford this summer.
Scrappy defending left Manchester United in ruins once again. It was the former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam who came up with a brace and got his boss, former Manchester United player, Mark Hughes a famous win at home.
After the game Moyes insisted his team was the better side in the night and that he was satisfied with their performance. Moyes also revealed that no lasting harm had been done to Jones. Moyes told reporters after the game that the versatile midfielder had been “checked at the hospital” and cleared.
“Phil is OK,”Moyes said. “He has been checked at the hospital. He was out for a little while. I saw him falling back and his head going back on the grass. He got up but when we went to treat him he lost consciousness for a while.
“The medical team did all the right things. They got him to hospital but he is fine. It looks like concussion. He should be OK.”
Lady Luck seems to have abandoned Manchester United for now. Soon after Jones was stretchered off the field Jonny Evan was called off the pitch because of a calf injury. Apart from experiencing the first ever defeat to Stoke City in the Premier League the list of setbacks on the road for Manchester United have been too high this season.
“I thought we were the better team,” Moyes said on Manchester United’s form against Stoke. “We got to the byline eight, nine, 10 times but the ball back never picked someone out in the box. That was our undoing. In the end we lose to a free kick from 30 yards with a massive deflection and a worldy (a world-class strike).”