Jan 21, 2014

    Moyes: United won't surrender


    MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes believes he still has a chance to win the title, even if his own captain and Jose Mourinho disagree.

    United fell 14 points off the Premier League pace after Sunday's 3-1 defeat by Mourinho's Chelsea, but Moyes insisted that his team would fight on.

    "What we won't do is throw in the towel, not until we can't get there," he said on Sunday.

    "The job's to try and finish first, and we'll keep trying to do that. There are no clever answers except 'Try and win the next game'.

    "I think, before today, we came into it and we'd lost one game in the league in six - not a bad run. And I didn't think there was a big difference in the teams today, I didn't at all. The difference was two set-pieces and nothing else."

    United have now been beaten seven times in the league - having lost five games or fewer in each of the past three seasons - but Moyes said that he did not feel under any added pressure.

    Asked how his confidence was holding up, he replied: "Fine. It's a difficult task, but perseverance, keep doing what's right - I thought we did a lot of good things today. We've got players to come back and this is a project where I know I'm going to improve as it goes along."

    United finished the game with 10 men after Nemanja Vidic was sent off for chopping down Eden Hazard.

    Vidic later told Sky Sports the title is now out of reach for the defending champions.

    The United captain said: "Yes, I think so, now that we are too far behind. We have to focus now to get in the top three, top four. We have to be positive."

    That sentiment was echoed by Mourinho, who recorded his 100th Premier League victory with the result.

    The Portuguese manager said: "Mathematically, it is possible (for United to be champions), but I think it's hard.

    "It's a 14-point difference - and 13, and 12. Can they recover to one of these teams? They can.

    "But to recover to three of them, it needs three teams to almost collapse. For the title, it will be difficult for them."

    The only good news for Moyes is that injured strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney are reportedly close to fitness. Rooney could even recover in time for tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland.