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Bad luck and bad players: it's Moyes' mantra

Ismail Vedat
February 10, 2014
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Manchester United's draw with Fulham on Sunday was "as bad as it gets" for David Moyes, but as his team's season goes from bad to worse the one person who does not seem to be taking responsibility is the manager.

Bad luck and poor performances from the players have taken the brunt of the blame from Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, but after eight defeats and five draws in the Premier League - and exits from the FA Cup and League Cup - maybe it's time for the focus to be shared by the Scot.

September 1, Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United, Premier League: "We had long periods of the game but couldn't score. Apart from the lapse in concentration for their goal."

September 22, Manchester City 4-1 Manchester United, Premier League: "I just told the players the way I would have told them at any other club if I don't think they are doing [well]."

September 28, Manchester United 1-2 West Brom, Premier League: "We didn't defend well in the second half but, when we got back in, I expected us to win it with the talent we have got."

December 7, Manchester United 0-1 Newcastle, Premier League: "We have lacked a little bit of fortune which you sometimes need in football. In saying that, we have not quite created enough or had enough craft to make more opportunities to score enough goals."

January 1, Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham, Premier League: "All you can do is play well and then hopefully you take your opportunities when they come and you don't make small mistakes."

January 5, Manchester United 1-2 Swansea, FA Cup: "You can see we're just lacking a bit of confidence when we get into the final third and we're not taking the chances when we get them."

January 19, Chelsea 3-1 Manchester United, Premier League: "We didn't do well enough in both boxes."

February 1, Stoke 2-1 Manchester United, Premier League: "I thought we had bad luck today. It was our own downfall that we didn't score from our chances."

February 9, Manchester United 2-2 Fulham, Premier League: "We just needed to keep concentrating and see the game out. You could argue that maybe it was mental softness that we didn't get the job done. I would agree with that. It was a game we should have easily seen out."

It's all a far cry from the cheery optimism which followed Moyes' appointment last year. However, based on the manager's own assessment of how people would view United's mistakes this season, he should at least be aware of how his reign is being judged.

"If you win one game folk will think you are good. If you lose one folk will think you are rubbish," he said in the summer of 2013.

David Moyes has struggled during his time at Manchester United © PA Photos
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