David Moyes was unwavering in this afternoon’s pre-match press conference ahead of the Shakhtar Donetsk game and took full responsibility for Manchester United’s current form.
United are now ninth in the Premier League, 13 points behind Arsenal, and lost two games in a row at Old Trafford for the first time since 2002 but a win tomorrow against Shakhtar will see us top our Champions League and progress to the next round undefeated, something Moyes is keen to achieve.
“It’s tough because we expect to win all the games,” he told reporters.
“I think there is a bit of everything that we could improve. We’d like to pass it better, create more chances and defend better. It is all round we have to improve but it was only a few weeks ago when we beat Arsenal and Leverkusen and were talking about how well the team was playing.
“I take complete responsibility for the results. Fortunately we have been good in the Champions League but not so much the Premier League. We want the results to be better and I’m sure they will.
“I think in recent games we haven’t finished how we’d like to and we have to improve that and make sure it happens. We couldn’t find a way of getting a goal back in the last two games.
“Yes the players are hurting because they are used to winning and when they don’t, it hurts them. They care very much about the team and club. They are a good bunch of lads and will respond in the right way, I am sure about that.”
“I believe the squad is good enough.”
Moyes also spoke about his team selection tomorrow and admitted that a few injuries would effect the choices he had available but Shinji Kagawa will be one of them after making his return following illness last week.
“Yes Shinji has trained today and we think he will be available for tomorrow.
“There’s a little of that [game at the weekend] in my thinking for the team tomorrow as well as some injuries that I have to consider.”
Moyes reiterated the importance of winning the group to avoid a tough round of 16 draw against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
From Moyes, it was a bullish and direct press conference which was exactly what he needed to be after the poor result at the weekend and a win against Shakhtar Donetsk to top the group would be the perfect distraction from the Premier League.