Manchester United latest: Everton reaction and Woodward speaks

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Manchester United lost 0-1 to Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening as David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini faced their former club. The Toffees’ Bryan Oviedo’s 86th minute winner saw the Blues take all three points from the champions.

Boss David Moyes admitted United need to catch up in the Premier League following the defeat to his former club in midweek.

Moyes told Sky Sports: "Yes, big catch-up. We are very disappointed. We didn't take a couple of chances that we had - we needed a bit of good fortune, but one or two things hit the post and Tim Howard made one or two saves.”

"Everton kept at it and showed how good a team they are. They got the one goal. We had opportunities, but Everton did as well, they've been playing well and that's why they're up near the top of the league."

Manchester United owners the Glazer family believe the club can ‘survive’ missing out on the Champions League next season.

For the first time in 19 years the club faces the possibility of not qualifying for the continent’s most prestigious and elite competition after a disastrous start to the season following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson this summer.

In the club’s fanzine United We Stand, club vice-chairman Ed Woodward asserted his belief the club could withstand an ‘unsuccessful campaign’ without sustaining ‘lasting damage’ on the club or team.

“If we have a bad year, does it impact on our sponsorship that year? No. If we have a bad year, we have the financial strength to change the team. We have so much deeper financial strength that, instead of selling three players and buying three, we can do five,” Woodward wrote.

“If you fight hard and just fail, people will still watch you on television, still turn up and buy shirts. There’s still a lot of affinity with the club and interest, but the reality is that you can’t always win.

“Take Liverpool. They still sell an incredible number of shirts and have the second biggest shirt deal in the Premier League. They have one of the biggest technical partner deals. And Liverpool haven’t won the league since 1990,” he added.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho maintains United are still in the title race, despite their mid-table position of 9th.

"It's difficult but with Manchester United everything is possible," said Mourinho, whose side remains second.

Club veteran and coach Ryan Giggs has called for a ‘rapid response’ from the Red Devils following the defeat.

"It's a quick turnaround, but we've got to pick ourselves up," Giggs told MUTV.

"We cannot feel sorry for ourselves for too long. It's a home game and hopefully it will be a different result. We need to get on a run, before this we were on a 12-game unbeaten run. We have to get over this disappointment now."

"We'll get a better idea in the New Year, and hopefully we can start picking up points again," he added.

Class of ’92 legend and coach Phil Neville has warned against ‘panic’.

"We know we’re going to go on a run. We can go 20 games unbeaten at any time and the rest of the league knows we can do that. That’s a powerful position to be in, knowing that there’s the confidence in the dressing room to batten down the hatches, concentrate and go on a run.”

In transfer news, The Guardian reports United are ‘back in’ for Ander Herrera after failed attempts to sign the Athletic Bilbao playmaker this summer.

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