|(Football) Embattled Scotsman Moyes pleads for time
English football club Manchester United’s Scottish manager David Moyes once again called on supporters to show patience after his side fell to a sixth home defeat of the campaign against Manchester City.
While City's 3-0 success on Tuesday took them to within touching distance of the Premier League summit, United's defeat left them 12 points below the Champions League places. Only seven games of the season remain.
United have fallen a long way since romping to last season's league title by 11 points, but Moyes rejected suggestions that the rebuilding process at Old Trafford would take longer than anticipated.
“It is under way in its own way,'' he told a post-match press conference.
“You don't just suddenly change things around. As I said the other day, a lot of other clubs have had to change and they have had to do rebuilding jobs and look at the time it has taken them to do that or get to a level of competing.
“We hope it won't take us as long as some of those clubs have taken. I think we have got a period of time where we are going to have to make sure we get to that level, which we are not at just now.
``Everyone knows this is going to be a job which is going to take a little bit of time to get the way we would like it, but that is the job and I recognize that.''
Moyes was prepared to accept the blame.
“I take responsibility. I have to be the one who plays them, picks them, and that is what it is,'' he said.
“I think there are a lot of really good players there.''—AFP