Moyes under the gun after 2-2 draw with Fulham
David Moyes admits his maiden journey with Manchester United is turning out to be more tedious than he had expected it to be. The Old Trafford boss claims he didn’t expect so much chaos with the Red Devils in his first season at the club. Moyes, whose side went down to a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford against Fulham on Sunday, believes his team has lost the edge it used to have.
An injury time goal from Darren Bent stole the victory away from right under the nose of Manchester United. Moyes was visibly annoyed after suffering another humiliating winless afternoon at home. The relegation-destined team, Fulham, picked up a point with the draw.
A 19th minute goal from Steve Sidwell put the Cottagers into the lead. Manchester United’s comeback started through Robin van Persie with a Michael Carrick stunner allowing the Red Devils to go into the lead. However, the lead was overturned in the last minute of the game.
In his post-match news conference Moyes admitted that he never thought he would be under so much pressure at Manchester United in his debut season.
“We just needed to keep concentrating and see the game out,” Moyes said. “You could argue that maybe it was mental softness that we didn't get the job done. I would agree with that. It was a game we should have easily seen out. There was no reason not to see it out, it was comfortable. You couldn't say we were ever under real pressure.
“I don't know if we could have done an awful lot more, maybe defended a bit better a couple of times and taken a few more of the chances we made, but we completely dominated the game and should have won comfortably.
“The players are hurting, they hurt because results aren't going the way they want. They are really good professionals, and it makes me feel that they will get results, there's no doubt about that.”
Moyes claims Manchester United have been the better team quite often, but luck hasn’t favored them. The Scotsman said that a surprise goal or a set-piece chance allowed the opposition to acquire the lead and from that point onwards his side found themselves to be on the back foot.
Moyes admitted his team didn’t play up to standard, although they were still better than Fulham, which is being managed by a former member of Manchester United’s coaching staff Rene Meulensteen.