Man United 1 Arsenal 0: David Moyes delighted by ‘big result’
Man United 1 Arsenal 0: David Moyes reflected on a "big win" after watching his side seal victory over the high-flying Gunners
David Moyes reflected on a “big result” for Manchester United after watching his side seal victory over Arsenal at Old Trafford.
Former Arsenal captain Robin van Persie rose highest to meet a Wayne Rooney corner and directed his header inside the far post in the 27th minute at Old Trafford as the visitors struggled to get a foothold in the game.
The Gunners improved after the restart but were unable to break down a stubborn United defence as the north London side lost their first league game since their opening-day defeat by Aston Villa.
And Moyes was thrilled to secure a vital win on a weekend which saw Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham all drop points.
“It’s been a great weekend. This was a big result for us today, Arsenal have been in terrific form this season and we had to play well to get the result,” said Moyes, whose side moved up into fifth place in the table.
“We started very well then at the end our determination, effort and commitment helped us when we were under more pressure.
“We gave them too much room in the second half but restricted them in the first. Overall, it’s three important points.”
Moyes also singled out man-of-the-match Rooney and Van Persie for special praise after sparkling displays by the duo at Old Trafford.
“The big players are coming up when they’re needed and Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney’s games were two big performances,” he said.
“This is another step on the ladder. It’s going to be a while until I get it all the way I’d like it.
“We’re improving and getting better, and we hope it will get much, much better in the coming months and years.”
Moyes also confirmed that defender Nemanja Vidic has been sent to hospital after he was forced off in the second half following a head injury.
“Nemanja Vidic has gone to hospital,” he added. “I didn’t see how bad it was from the touchline but I know it was a terrible clash. I’ll find out more from the medics later on.”