Moyes defiant ahead of tricky Newcastle game

Fri Dec 6, 2013 11:09am EST
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(Reuters) - Manchester United manager David Moyes was in defiant mood ahead of the home Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday.

The champions lost 1-0 to Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday, their first defeat in 13 matches leaving them 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Moyes has struggled since taking over from Alex Ferguson in July, and the visit of Newcastle, who had won four games in a row before losing at Swansea in midweek, could prove to be another difficult match.

"Four straight wins is a great record to get... but obviously they are coming to Old Trafford and we are going to make it as hard for them as we possibly can," Moyes told a news conference on Friday.

United failed to take several good chances against Everton and were punished in full by Bryan Oviedo's 86th-minute winner which sealed the Merseyside club's first victory at Old Trafford for 21 years.

"People who watched the game they would have got lots of belief from it," Moyes said.

"There were chances in the game we didn't take. It could quite easily have been very different.

"Unless you are someone who doesn't understand the game too much you would have seen that."

Phil Jones could return in midfield after missing the Everton game due to suspension but with Michael Carrick still injured Moyes lacks quality options in the middle of the park.   Continued...

Manchester United manager David Moyes (L) and Everton manager Roberto Martinez direct their teams during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis