Manchester Utd boss Moyes not blaming Sir Alex Ferguson exit
Posted Monday, October 21 2013 at 01:00
LONDON- Manchester United boss David Moyes has rejected claims that the Premier League champions have lost their fear factor since he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.
United are eight points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal after being held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“Sir Alex Ferguson has a great history and his experience will always work in charge of any team,” said Moyes. “But the fear comes from the team on the pitch.”
United have only one victory from four league games at Old Trafford since Ferguson’s retirement, but Moyes insisted: “The players have always been the people that have to turn out and do it.”
Ferguson, who won 38 trophies during 26 years in charge, watched from the stands in his new role as a club director, but United could not build on their win at Sunderland last time out.
Moyes had looked on course to record back-to-back league victories for the first time as United boss, only for Adam Lallana’s late goal to cancel out Robin van Persie’s first-half strike.
“I am disappointed because we wanted to get a bit of momentum going and we weren’t able to do that,” said Moyes.
“We had the opportunities to get the game finished off. I am disappointed to lose a goal so late on.
“While it was 1-0, there was always the chance that Southampton might get something. I thought we had just about seen it out, then they got the corner late on.
“We didn’t do well enough [from the corner]. We will work on it and make sure we do it. We have got to do better in the final bit as well, the set piece, defend it and be harder to score against than we were.”
United are eighth with 11 points from eight games - the same tally as newly-promoted Hull. It is United’s worst start to a league campaign for 24 years. Midfielder Michael Carrick said: “It is not easy reading now. Looking at the table as it is now is not something we are used to.
“It is frustrating because things are not going the way we want. But as players we have to stand up, take responsibility and get better.
“We are still confident. Everything is in place but for some reason, at the moment, we are not quite clicking and not quite firing.” Meanwhile Adnan Januzaj has committed his long-term future to Manchester United by signing a new five-year deal with the club.
The Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, took to Twitter to also welcome Januzaj’s new deal: “Nice to see Adnan januzaj sign the contract to stay at @ManUtd ! Great talent & no better place for talent to flourish than here.”