Premier League - Managers: Moyes admits United 'mentally soft'

David Moyes said his Manchester United side conceded a "diabolical" equaliser against Fulham but denied they lacked attacking ideas despite crossing over 80 times.

Premier League - Managers: Moyes admits United 'mentally soft'

View photo

David Moyes walks into the dressing room after drawing 2-2 with Fulham (Reuters)

Manchester United 2-2 Fulham

David Moyes: "Today was as bad as it gets. How we didn't win, I have no idea. It's goals that count. You can have as much possession as you like ... Even when it was 2-1 and they put five minutes (of added time) up Fulham never came up the pitch, they left us with the ball. So it was nearly a case of just playing out time and we gave away a diabolical second goal. If we had one failing it was that we should have gone to win 3-1. You could use maybe mental softness that we didn't see the job out and get the job done. I would agree with that ... It was never one (way of attacking) ... If you're just going to look at the stats and think about the crosses you need to think about the number of passes and I don't think we just went out and crossed the ball. Some people might say that one of the things that Manchester United do is play with width and cross the ball, that's in the genes here."

Rene Meulensteen: "When I saw Manchester United today I thought the gameplan was quite straightforward - get it wide, get it in, whether it was from the full-back pushing on or the supporting wide man and midfielder. If you're well-organised and the goalkeeper is in good positions to come and collect the ball at times, yeah, it can be easy (to defend). You need a little bit of creativity and a bit of variety at times to open (teams) up. The first goal they scored was from a ball that was in a second phase, fell and was a sort of pass across the goal that got tapped in. And the second came from a clearance then a shot and a deflection."




Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Everton

Tim Sherwood: "We are happy we are amongst it and leap-frogged Everton, and now we're chasing Liverpool. I've said (fourth place) is going to the wire, today was huge, it was a cup final. You won't win games three or four nil all the time. We had to dig in there today. If you want to get where we want to be you'll have to sometimes win without playing well."

Roberto Martinez: "This type of performance in the next 13 games will get us a lot of points. We are fighting with ourselves. Thirteen games is a lot of points and the league is developing into one of most exciting ends to a season ever. It's down to us now to reproduce this level of performance but get the result (too). Today is a blow but it depends how we take it. It could be a real turning point. I think we were the better side. It comes down to concentration levels and know-how, and we need to make sure we take (lessons) from this defeat."

View comments (121)