Wednesday 17 January 2018

I never doubted this United team's character -- Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes

David Moyes believes his Manchester United side are starting to show their true character after a never-say-die performance at Hull kept the Red Devils' winning run going.

Moyes has endured a tough start to life at Old Trafford and was beginning to feel the heat when back-to-back losses against Newcastle and Everton saw the Premier League champions slip well off the title pace.

But things have picked up throughout December and United have now won five on the trot in all competitions, including St Stephen's Day's 3-2 win at the KC Stadium after they had gone 2-0 down.

To collect three points from such a difficult start required the kind of self-belief and determination Moyes prides himself on and he goes into today's clash at Norwich confident the club are finally finding their identity.

"I never doubted us," he said. "I think that tells you what Manchester United have got and hopefully it tells you a bit about David Moyes as well. My teams have always been committed to trying to win games of football.

"After being 2-0 down, to get back to 2-2 was terrific but I actually felt a bit disappointed not to be winning 3-2 by half-time because we had a few chances to do something more."

Moyes must find a new right-back against Norwich as Rafael sustained a groin injury in the first half against Hull and is unlikely to be fit while Antonio Valencia, who dropped back from midfield to cover the position, is suspended after being sent off in injury-time. The likeliest solution involves switching Chris Smalling from centre-half and bringing Nemanja Vidic back into the starting XI, but Moyes is not worrying about the reshuffle.

"I'll find a right-back, we have a big squad," said the Scot. "We've plenty of players and plenty who can play."

A sixth successive victory would give the distinct appearance of a team on a roll but Moyes played down such talk.

"I think all the games at this time of year are difficult to call," he said. "I expect Norwich to be another hard game. I think at this club you're waiting on winning more games than this and then you might talk about being on a run.

"We'll just try and win the next one and see what happens. All we can do is keep knocking away and hopefully be in there fighting come the end of the season."

NORWICH V MANCHESTER UNITED,

LIVE, SETANTA SPORTS 1, 3.0

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