Arsenal 0 Manchester United 0: David Moyes refuses to give up hope of qualifying for Champions League, saying United will 'put pressure' on those ahead of them
There is now an 11 point gap between the champions and Liverpool in the final Champions League qualifying spot
David Moyes said tonight that he believed Manchester United could still propel themselves into fourth place despite an 11-point deficit to Liverpool who beat Fulham at Craven Cottage.
A 0-0 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates meant that Moyes has 11 points to make up on Liverpool alone with 12 games left to play, with Tottenham, who also won, and Everton ahead of United. Asked whether he still believed United could qualify for the Champions League, Moyes said that their tradition dictated they could pull off what is starting to look like an impossible task.
He said: “I keep saying it, but I'll try to win the next game and see if we can pick it up. If there's one club in history that's been great at winning games in the second half of the season, putting pressure on other clubs, it's been Manchester United. We'll continue to try to do that and see if we can make it work.
“We can only do our job the best we can. We can only play better, we want to play better. We can't worry about other teams. We just want to put pressure on them by winning our games.
“I see them [his players], I think they're great lads. Their attitude to training, their commitment is first class. You saw it tonight how good Vida [Nemanja Vidic] was, how good Rio [Ferdinand] was when he came on, they're a great group of players, very experienced players and they've been winners. They've all got medals and when you've won you want to win more. When you've won you want to win more so I think they're all still hungry and determined to be successful.”
Moyes said that Rafael Da Silva sustained concussion after landing awkwardly following a challenge with Olivier Giroud before half-time. The Brazilian was substituted.
Arsene Wenger conceded that his team had been “nervous” following their 5-1 defeat to Liverpool and that had affected their performance. He said: “It was important not to lose, but it was also important to win. I felt we were nervous. Our team was highly focused not to concede, and that maybe restricted our game going forward a little bit because we were certainly hit by the five goals we conceded on Saturday, and you could feel that here.”
Asked whether that nervousness was worrying for him, Wenger said: “It’s not worrying because we care about what we do and when you concede five goals like we did on Sunday ... we are only human beings.”
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