Moyes and United get stronger in unpredictable Premier League

Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:29am EST
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By Stephen Wood

LONDON (Reuters) - David Moyes's claim that the Premier League title race will go the distance was lent credibility by his own players in Manchester United's victory over Arsenal - the most significant moment yet of the Scotsman's Old Trafford tenure.

Robin van Persie's winner on Sunday, in a game the Dutch striker described as a "six-pointer", helped repair United's waning reputation as a team for the big occasion.

It was the first time, as United manager, that Moyes had triumphed over a major rival in the league following defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City and a negative goalless draw with Chelsea this season.

And it closed the gap on leaders Arsenal to five points, leaving the top eight teams - from Arsenal to eighth-placed Manchester City - separated by six points.

"We are going to get a few bloody noses along the way but this Premier League has shown it is not just Manchester United who are going to get a few of them, there are other teams as well," Moyes told reporters.

The former Everton manager reiterated his belief that United's rivals would continue to take points off each other, presenting English soccer with a thrilling and unpredictable campaign.

"I don't think anyone's going to run away with it," he said. "I think there (will be) a lot of ups and downs. It's a close-run league this year.

"It's another step in the right direction (for United), but we have a lot of big steps. It is going to take a while for me to get it the way I'd like."   Continued...

Manchester United manager David Moyes attends a news conference a day before their Champions League soccer match against Real Sociedad at Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian November 4, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent West