Here are the extracts from BBC post-match interviews this season with boss David Moyes who is beginning to develop some interesting speech patterns…
Man Utd 0-1 Liverpool – September 1st
“Apart from the spell just at the goal, we made a mistake but apart from that I thought we had the majority of the play.”
“I thought we played well. I thought the players done everything. We didn’t finish it off…we had three or four chances but we never took one of them today.”
“I thought we played well. I thought we done enough…it just wasn’t our day.”
Man City 4-1 Man Utd – September 22nd
“We didn’t play well enough to win the game. Manchester City played well and deserved the victory.”
“We got better as the game went on but by that time it was too late.”
Man Utd 0-1 Everton – December 4th
“Very disappointing…we just couldn’t get the goal and we didn’t have the little bits of luck we needed to get us a goal.”
“We needed to take the chances and opportunities we had but I just felt it was a little bit flat. We had little bits, again, but it wasn’t enough.”
Man Utd 0-1 Newcastle – December 7th
“Could have been much better. We needed a goal to give us a little bit of confidence to play better we cant argue. They got a goal which we could have done much better.”
“We didn’t create enough but we had some. We had one or two moments to score but we didn’t take those chances and sometimes you need that, when it’s not going for you, when you’re not quite firing, you need one of the things to go for you and it didn’t go for us today.”
“The process is the same – you try to win the next game. I’ve told the players the important thing is that we move on now.”
Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham – January 1st
“The performance was really good…I find it unbelievable the referee doesn’t give a penalty kick and sending off for the goalkeeper.”
“The people who employ the referees are going to have to look at that and see that they get that right.”
“I think today we played well…I thought we defended really well…I thought we were in control, the boys played well, we just couldn’t take the opportunities that were coming along.”
Man Utd 1-2 Swansea – January 5th
“I thought in the first half we played very well – we had the opportunities to make. We had chances. We had one or two chances we didn’t take. I didn’t think there was an awful lot in it.
“I thought we played well enough in the game. I don’t think we deserved to lose the game but we didn’t enough at a lot of times to go on and win the game…We have to try and make that better.”
Sunderland 2-1 Man Utd – January 7th
“The decision from the first goal – I can’t see how it’s a free kick at all.”
“It’s tough to take for the players who I thought played well. I can sense the team are getting better. We were unlucky to lose the game.”
“How could the linesman give that from where he was standing?”
“I’m looking forward to the next game – that’s for sure and there’s certainly a lot more now beginning to happen so let’s hope we can show it.”
Chelsea 3-1 Man Utd – January 19th
“We didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down at the time but we were. Partly a little bit of back luck with the first one but we can’t blame anybody but ourselves for the other two goals.”
“I thought we played well in big parts of the game. I didn’t think we were outdone by Chelsea…Overall we played well from the start, we just missed the clinical finishing today. We had some good play but we didn’t score.”
“We’ll keep going, we showed a lot of good things today. We have to try and improve.”
Man Utd 2-1 Sunderland (1-2 on penalties)
“We didn’t play well enough tonight to do it but we did have chances to put the game to bed.”
“I think we always looked as if we might score and should have scored on the break a few time but we didn’t do so and that was probably what cost us.”
Whether it’s been bad luck, missed chances, poor decisions, David Moyes is beginning to sound a bit like a broken record and yet nothing seems to be changing in the way Manchester United are set up to approach games and the way the play.
To claims the Premier League champions are playing well is a slight overstatement perhaps and whilst they may be creating chances, if the Red Devils are not taking them or don’t have the confidence to take them, that is the manager’s fault surely?
The definition of insanity is repeating the same behaviour over and over again expecting different results each time.
Moyes has not changes his approach since September and United have not been seeing an improvement on the pitch. Likewise, it is not the strongest or the most intelligent of the species that survives, it’s the one most able to adapt.
Moyes must change something and adapt his strategy at Manchester United before he becomes extinct. At the moment, it's like watching Groundhog Day over and over and over again.
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