Manchester United manager David Moyes has warned there could be more results like the 4-1 loss to Manchester City as he tries to implement changes at Old Trafford.
Succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson was never going to be an easy job and Moyes’ few first weeks in charge of the champions has proved the Scot faces a big task to put his own stamp on the club.
Moyes struggled to make an impact in the transfer window, missing out on several targets before finally bringing in Marouane Fellaini, and following the 4-1 hammering at the hands of City, he knows he will have to strengthen in January if his new squad are to have any chance of challenging for the Premier League title.
Indeed, he has warned supporters that there could be many more blows in the months ahead as he settles into life at Old Trafford.
“Not for a minute did I think this job was going to be an easy job,” Moyes told reporters.Moyes had not been expected to speak to the press before Wednesday’s Capital One League Cup clash with Liverpool, but he decided to face questions and was honest in his assessment of his side’s performance at the Etihad.
“There will be days like we had on Sunday and there might be more of them because we are in a period of transition. There’s a new manager and there will be new players.
“Where we’ve got work to do is in bringing players in – not for the squad but to go right into the team.
“Yes, it does mean I may have to take a few more blows. Maybe even more than that. Maybe all season I have to take a few blows.
“But I knew this was going to be the case because I was taking over from a great manager and it was always going to take time for me to get my own ways and change things round a little bit.”
“I hadn’t seen that level of performance from Manchester City. But I hadn’t seen that poor a level from us either, so there was quite a contrast from where the two teams were on the day,” he explained.
“We looked quite easy to play against which is not the norm for Manchester United.
“I think the one thing when you play here is that any team is always going to have a hard game against United. But I thought we were just too easy to play against.
“Performance-wise, we were really below it in that game but the other ones you could argue we’ve been fine.”