If Moyes explained how his side went about things, would it offer United fans some hope?

He seemed keen to point to penalty decisions rather than much insight to other issues in the loss to Liverpool.

David Moyes admitted his Manchester United side was beaten by a better team as Liverpool ran out 3-0 winners at Old Trafford yesterday.

However, it is hard not to be baffled at the comments from the Manchester United when he was interviewed by Sky Sports after the game yesterday.

He said: "It's hard to assess the game which was littered with penalty kicks and decisions, some were right and some were wrong.

"It was a tough day for us. At half-time, we were 1-0 down to a penalty kick, but I didn't think there was a lot in it.

"But to give away one 20 seconds into the second half made it a real uphill climb after that."

Moyes could have given a better assessment of the game given that all the penalties were given to the same side. Whether he agreed with each and every decision is a different matter, but he must acknowledge there must have been something wrong about United’s play given that they were on the end of every one of the spot kicks awarded by Mark Clattenburg – even if his side did have a shout for a penalty waved away by the official in the second half when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Glen Johnson in front of the Stretford End.

But what seems to be fundamentally lacking in any of the comments in either of the printed press or broadcast media from the United manager is an explanation as to why his tactics may not have worked – or how whatever threat he set up his side to have was negated.

His side only seemed to possess a threat at two stages in the match – both of them involving Wayne Rooney. The first was when he showed a bit of drive and looked willing to take on the Liverpool defence, and it was possibly the only point in the game where the visitors’ back line didn’t look quite assured. The other was when Rooney registered United’s only shot on target for the entire 90 minutes

But there was no explanation for some of the rash challenges from his players, or that both Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj struggled to get into the game, and the lack of support given to both Robin Van Persie and Rooney as they, at times, looked incredibly isolated.

If there was some explanation or theory as to why it didn’t work that was plausible, maybe it would give fans something to cling to that the manager has identified their mistakes and will learn from it?

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