Moyes shoulders all blame after defeat in Manchester derby
Manchester United manager David Moyes has stepped up to the gallows after taking full responsibility for Manchester United’s abysmal season. The confessions from the Old Trafford boss arrived after a 3-0 defeat in the Manchester derby on Tuesday. The defeat leaves Manchester United trailing rivals Manchester City by 15 points.
The Premier League champions have suffered a lot at home this season. Their miseries on the road and at home have led them to the seventh spot on the Premier League table. Defeat at Old Trafford at the hands of Manchester City was the sixth defeat at home Manchester United have endured this season.
Moyes defended his players insisting they were not responsible for the failures. The Scotsman also said that his team didn’t lack commitment or the desire to acquire success. Moyes and his team have come under fire for failing to show the fire to fight for top notch results.
“I take responsibility. I have to be the one who plays them, picks them and that is what it is,” Moyes said. “I don’t think tonight was in any way [down to] a lack of effort or lack of commitment from the players, in fact I thought they were fully there but in some areas we didn’t come up to scratch.”
Moyes further said that he was at a loss of words to come up with reasons behind Manchester United’s poor performances this season. The former Everton boss admitted his side had struggled to find consistency this season and record big results against top notch opposition.
Manchester United’s failure to acquire a strong start was suggested one of the reasons behind the defeat by Moyes. Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, who scored a brace, put the ball in the back of the net in the first 44 seconds of the game to provide a 1-0 lead to his side. Manchester City Yaya Toure scored the third goal for the Eastlands.
“We never started well. We never gave ourselves a great opportunity to get into the game,” Moyes said. “Manchester City started really fast and conceding a goal after 30 or 40 seconds made it difficult. I think we only touched it twice, a block and we might have kicked one out for a throw in before they got the goal.
Moyes had to face the anger of Manchester United fans at Old Trafford after the defeat as chants against him increased in volume towards the end of the game. Moyes insists he needs time to settle down into his job after all Sir Alex Ferguson had been running the club for the past 26 years.