'I won't hide behind excuses': Moyes admits his side must improve after Everton loss

By Craig Hope

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David Moyes says he will not 'hide behind excuses' following a week in which he and his Manchester United side have come in for heavy criticism.

The Red Devils slumped to ninth in the Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat to Everton on Wednesday night, a result which leaves them 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal.

And, writing in his matchday programme notes ahead of Saturday's visit of Newcastle United, Moyes said: 'I certainly won't hide behind excuses and we know that we'll have to raise our level of performance and win matches.

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Must do better: Manchester United's David Moyes says his team must raise its level to challenge for the title

Must do better: Manchester United's David Moyes says his team must raise its level to challenge for the title

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'The defeat on Wednesday night was our first loss in 13 games and we are fully aware that we now have to go on a long run that is even better.'

He added: 'The result against Everton was certainly not what we hoped for.

'At times in football you need small things to go for you, but on the night very little went our way – neither refereeing decisions nor scoring opportunities.'

Sinking feeling: Everton's Bryan Oviedo slots past United keeper David de Gea to score the winner

Sinking feeling: Everton's Bryan Oviedo slots past United keeper David de Gea to score the winner

Dejected: (from left) United's Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini react to Oviedo's goal

Dejected: (from left) United's Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini react to Oviedo's goal

 

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I think Moyes should be given a pay rise for all the entertainment he is giving us non Utd supporters! Nothing better than seeing the so called big sides lose their minds and lose games with it!

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The now laughing stock of English football...class

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When you hear from a manager "we'll have to raise our level of performance and win matches", don't you think to yourself, now here's a man who is a visionary?

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No one wants to play for Moyes. End of. Carry on glazers by ruining the club, as long as you are continuing to earn money off the club that's all what matters. After all Woodward, or deadward as he should be referred too, has already admitted and publicly announced united don't need to win trophies to keep on having the money roll in... Great f-in vision you bunch of amateurs. Get him out and all of his useless back room staff. Said it in May and will continue to regardless if he EVER wins a game!!

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this result made me so hard today , not been this hard in ages

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Don't panic manu fans, win all 23 games you can still be champion with 91 pts. For manu everything is possible according to jose mourinho. Call mike riley should you need help.

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When you hear from a manager "we'll have to raise our level of performance and win matches", don't you think to yourself, now here's a man who has a vision?

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Legend

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How does a manager motivate a team that clearly doesn't want to play for him? I have said it before, Moyes has lost the dressing room.

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Get rid now, before it's too late

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