The United manager, David Moyes says his teams loss against Chelsea was because of a terrible defending and also added that the defeat was harsh on them.
Moyes said that his team was in a very good position at the opening period but lost its focus later. However Samuel Eto’o’s opening goal was helped by a deflection, but the manager could not neglect the poor defending which led to his hatrick in the later half of the game.
He went on to add: “I would [say we dominated early on], but we got a bit unlucky — the first goal took deflection but the other two, set pieces, terrible defending.
“I thought we played quite well today, especially in the first period, but we needed somebody to take on one of our chances. I thought the game would be tight, and I thought it was other than the two set pieces, which really changed the game. I think, apart from that, we had as many chances as Chelsea.
“Football’s about scoring goals, and Chelsea did. We dominated the opening period of game, but if you defend the way we did at set pieces you don’t deserve to win. We can only blame ourselves, no-one else.”
“We won’t throw the towel in until we can’t get there [to top spot — they are 14 points from leaders Arsenal]. The job is to try and finish first. I will keep trying to do that.
“Before today, we’d lost one in six in the league, and I didn’t think there was a big difference between the teams today, not at all. The difference was our defending at set pieces. Nothing else.”
He stated that he had known it would not be a piece of cake when he moved on as the manager of the club, and added: “It’s a difficult task, but [it’s about] perseverance and keeping doing what’s right.
“We have players to come back, and this is a project I know that I’m going to improve as it goes along. I was hoping to win more and be competing a bit more than we’ve been, but that’ll come.”
Moyes believes that Vidic’s red card was not a good decision and however did not comment on Rafael’s poor challenge on Gary Cahill.
“I don’t think it’s a sending off,” he said. “I’ve not seen Rafel’s tackle, but [Vidic’s] is not a sending-off. I think it was just a bit of tiredness, but not a sending off.”
The United manager revealed that their aim of clinching the title looks unlikely, but added that the club would not rush in its decision for having transfers.
“It’s a long way away,” Moyes said of top spot. “I’d never say it’s gone, and we’ll do our best to try and get back into it.”
“The club have always said it’s a long-term [project], and they know it’s a job to be done.”