London: Manchester United manager David Moyes has written a letter to the club’s fans admitting he didn’t expect such a difficult start to his reign at Old Trafford — and has vowed to set it right.
The Premier League champions currently sit seventh in the table, have been knocked out of the FA Cup and are on the brink of a Champions League exit.
However, the United board continues to back the manager, despite some awful performances both at Old Trafford and away from home.
In his letter, Moyes wrote: “While I knew that this job would be a challenge when I took it on, the difficult season we have experienced was not something that I envisaged, which I am sure is the case as well for you supporters — and my players, staff and I am desperate to compensate for that.
“Everywhere we turn, people outside the club have a lot to say about Manchester United, but we have all stuck together through some tough times this season and I firmly believe that, in the long run, we will all come out at the other end, stronger for the experiences.
“Everything we have been through this season so far will make us a better, stronger team and club in the future.
“Over the years you have seen great winning sides here and, in time, I have absolutely no doubt that we will see great winning sides here again.
“A big step towards that will be transforming Old Trafford back into the fortress it has long been renowned as, and we will do everything in our power to get the positive performances and results to do that, so that we can give you season ticket holders and all of our supporters something to shout about.”
Moyes told a media conference on Friday that United’s time will come again.
“Honestly, I didn’t expect the season to be this bad. I also know that the fans didn’t expect us to perform so poorly. But if you are a football supporter, you would understand what loyalty is. If you are someone who follows a club passionately then you follow them whether it is doing badly or doing well,” Moyes said.
“I think at the moment the Manchester United supporters realise there are some changes taking place and they understand their time will come again.”
United have won only 13 of 27 league games and are in serious danger of missing out on Europe’s elite competition next season, sitting 12 points off the Champions League places. Moyes said his players were working hard for each other. “They know they can play better, they will play better,” he said.
“We need to get back to creating more opportunities than we have done. We’ve played quite well in games but not scored and taken our chances. Teams have maybe defended and counter-attacked and we’ve lost a goal and are having to chase the game a bit more.
“I want creativity and think the introduction of Juan Mata and his interplay with (Wayne) Rooney and Robin (Van Persie) that I’ve seen recently has helped that creativity.
“I want to make sure when the creative players aren’t getting goals, or the chances aren’t coming, we keep the back door shut and don’t concede because then we have to chase the game.”
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