Has David Moyes learnt a lesson at Manchester United?

No mention of his opponents being the favourites this time.

David Moyes hit a new low at Old Trafford after Manchester United were humbled 3-0 at home to Liverpool. Some will have questioned his mentality ahead of the game, where the Scot said:

“Their league position suggests they're ahead of us. They possibly do come here favourites."

It didn't go down well. Many felt that suggesting any side going to the home of Manchester United - who are still the champions - were favourites was a poor move.

Fast forward a week and a half and there is a bit of a different feel about United going into their derby with Manchester City.

After turning around their Champions League tie against Olympiakos to book a place in the quarter-finals where they will face European Champions Bayern Munich, followed by a win at West Ham United at the weekend, there is a degree of momentum behind them as they go into the derby match.

Of course, they have been here before. There have been false dawns where they have got a couple of solid wins behind them and they have come crashing back down to earth soon after.

It could easily happen tomorrow night, but the tone seems a little different from the Scot going into the clash with their neighbours.

He’s quoted, saying: “If we play as well as we did at West Ham, then we’ll make some opportunities and, if we play with the same heartbeat we showed against Olympiakos, then we’ll be very hard to play against.

“Hopefully we’re starting to play better. We’re certainly going into our next game confident and ready to get a result.”

He could have easily repeated the same kind of words as he did ahead of the clash with Liverpool. He could have said that Manchester City were favourites because they are favourites for the Premier League title, that they are above them in the league table by a distance. 

He will have had a case, as Manchester City are slight favourites with the bookies going into this game - whereas when United met Liverpool, they were slight favourites.

But maybe this is one aspect to life at Manchester United that David Moyes has learnt. That his side should always feel as if they are favourites when they are playing at Old Trafford despite their home record this term. The question is, will the team respond at home and put in a performance worthy of the occasion?

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