David Moyes: I take all responsibility for Man United’s poor form
David Moyes insists that it is down to him to take all responsibility for Manchester United's poor results this season
David Moyes insists that it is down to him to take all responsibility for Manchester United’s poor results this season.
The Red Devils slumped to a second straight home league loss when they went down 1-0 to Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday, leaving them in ninth place and a staggering 13 points behind leaders Arsenal.
I take the responsibility. I would like the results to be much better and have no doubt they will
United will look to make amends for their poor domestic form when they host Shakhtar Donetsk in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday, with a place in the last 16 already secured.
And Moyes, who took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, insists that United are working tirelessly to improve their form.
“The players are hurting because they are used to winning,” Moyes said.
“When they don’t win, that hurts them as they care very much about their team and their club. They are good lads and will respond in the right way.
“I take complete responsibility for the results. Fortunately, they’ve been good in the Champions League but not in the Premier League.
“I take the responsibility. I would like them to be much better and have no doubt they will.
“I think in recent games we haven’t quite finished the games in the way I’d like to. I have tried to make changes to improve it and that hasn’t quite happened.”
Man United v Shakhtar Donetsk: Pre-match facts
• Wayne Rooney is Britain’s all-time leading scorer in the Champions League, moving past Ryan Giggs to 29 on matchday one. Robin van Persie has now scored in ten consecutive Champions League seasons.
• Rooney has been credited with six assists this term, more than any other player in the competition. Four of them came in the 5-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen.
• United have scored 547 goals in Uefa competition and conceded 297.
• United’s haul of seven points from the opening six Premier League games was their worst start to a season since 1989-90.