Moyes: We can still be champions
MANCHESTER United manager David Moyes maintains that his side can still win the Premier League despite slipping 12 points behind leaders Arsenal.
The Old Trafford side suffered a fourth defeat of the season when they were stunned 1-0 at home by his former club Everton on Wednesday. The champions are now ninth in the table and are as close to the relegation zone as they are to the summit.
United lost only five league games in the whole of last season, but even though Moyes accepts it will be a struggle, he insists his team should not be ruled out.
"We have got a long way to go," he said. "We will need to play some great football and win an awful lot of games in the run-in if we are going to be in there and around it at the end of the season."
Asked if he believed United were capable of that, he replied: "Yes. I've got nothing to suggest anything else."
The United manager admits he does not know when last season's top scorer Robin van Persie will return from a groin problem. Striker Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, will be suspended for Saturday's home match against Newcastle United after picking up five yellow cards.
Moyes was the target of chants from Everton fans angry at the manner of his departure during the close season. But the Scot, who spent 11 years at Goodison Park, said that he had no issues with the supporters of his former club.
"It is not important. Everton supporters supported their team well," he said. "It (defeat) doesn't hurt more being Everton. I know they are a very good team with very good players."