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Moyes gives his verdict

West Ham-David Moyes has a decision to make following injury news

Moyes gives his verdict

It was much the same from the manager David Moyes after defeat at Manchester United this afternoon – disappointment but a plea for the squad to get better.

There were all sorts of reasons for the defeat and he admitted that he wondered at times if were ever going to get anything on target.

Moyes gives his verdict

Like him, we would have all been frustrated that after a busy Hammers start United took the lead and slowly but surely locked us out of a game which frankly we should have taken from.

This is hardly a top Manchester United team and as Moyes admitted we had sufficnient chances but could never find a clinical edge to our finishing.

He explained that right from the start he was wondering if we were going to get anything on target and that although  we haven’t scored many goals recently that today we had made better opportunities.

Commenting after the game he said: “I thought we played better today, and we got some chances, but we just weren’t clinical when we got the moments.

I was really disappointed with the performances against Sheffield United and Bournemouth because I didn’t think we played well. I’m the manager and I’ll take responsibility for that, but we just haven’t played so well.

We haven’t got into our rhythm, mainly because of some of our boys being away at the Africa Cup of Nations and because of two or three injuries. If we look at our form up until around the first of January, we’ve been very good. But we’ve got knocked off by those things and we just can’t get the balance to our team right on the left-hand side. 

David Moyes on the touchline at Manchester United

We played Ben Johnson on the right today, and Mohammed Kudus on the left, and I thought Ben did a brilliant job. 

He’s turning into a little bit of a hybrid player for us; one who can do different roles. It might not be the solution to the problem long-term, but I have to give him credit for how he played. He did as well as we hoped he would. 

We were wary of Marcus Rashford and his ability to get forward, and Luke Shaw at left-back, but I thought Ben did a really good job for us. In the main, most of the players did a good job. 

We’re disappointed about the first goal because we hadn’t really given Manchester United anything. 

They were not near our box for most of the time but then we find ourselves giving a goal away because we don’t defend the edge of our box well enough, and the lad gets his shot away. 

The game changed in a minute. Emerson was through, and maybe Jarrod [Bowen] should keep his run going and give him a square-pass option for the tap-in, or maybe it would effect [Lisandro] Martinez, who did a good job in defending and forcing Emerson to keep on the ball.

And then, before you know it, you’ve lost the ball and conceded a goal because of a deflection. When that happens, you know it’s not going to be our day.

But we made some chances too. Jarrod got through and [Diego] Dalot did brilliant to make his recovery run and make the tackle. So, there have been moments in this game where we could have got some goals, but we’re not quite taking those chances in the way we have done.

David Moyes after West Ham's defeat at Man Utd

We have reasons to be optimistic. We have to try and get back into the form we were in prior to the start of the new year. We played really well in December and won some really big games, and now we have to do it again.

The Premier League will always have ups and downs. Hopefully, with our performance today, we’ll get a bit closer to our usual form. But we’re disappointed we didn’t take anything from the game. “

 

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5 comments on “Moyes gives his verdict

  1. Gosh, we didn’t score the goals. We seemed to lack a goal scorer . I wonder who is responsible for that Mr Moyes ? For goodness sake David have the honour and the decency to resign and spare the fans anymore pain.

  2. Fed up listening to this Fraud

  3. Impossible to maintain possession. Poor passes and give away in the worst parts of the pitch. No press what so ever. Moyes’ tactics and coaching make West Ham the most unwatchable team in the PL. As manager after manager gets picked up by other clubs. Just look how Aston Villa has passed us in squad, coach and competency.

  4. “I thought we played better today, and we got some chances, but we just weren’t clinical when we got the moments.”
    That’s why you should have signed a striker and not another CM which we didn’t need!

    “We just can’t get the balance to our team right on the left-hand side.”
    That’s why you should have signed a left winger or not let Benrahma and Fornals depart!

    Doh! The answers are bleedin’ obvious. Of course the balance in the team is not right at the moment. And whose fault is that? So, yet again, a season which had promised so much in the first half of the season has tanked in the second half of the season because of squad mismanagement and the never ending lack of a striker.

    Can we get Graham Potter in as manager before he gets snapped up by another club?

  5. He talks a load of old tosh. Sick to the back teeth of this rubbish. Blar blar blar blar. When will he ever leave, no idea at all.

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