TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League
MATCH – West Bromwich Albion (Away) at The Hawthorns
DATE & TIME – 8th March 2014, 12:45 GMT (18:15 IST)
Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes
Q. You have written quite passionately this morning about the support and loyalty of the fans, how important has that been through this whole process, David?
Moyes: I think the club is built on a fantastic fan base throughout the world, not just here in Manchester. Manchester United is supported everywhere, I saw that when I went on tour, but more importantly, I have seen it a lot at Old Trafford – great support. I think the supporters understand the difficult period we’re in and they’re backing the players, they really are.
Q. The one thing you need is for your players to stick together, you talked about that as well and its easy for people to fold in these situations but these players clearly don’t do that.
Moyes: Yeah, I don’t think Manchester United players would do that, I think coming to the club – that’s part of it, and I really believe that the players are working hard for each other. They know they can play better, will play better – so, that’s our aim.
Q. You also talked about great teams, about Old Trafford becoming a fortress again. How do you solve that, what’s the solution there, David?
Moyes: Well, we need to get back to creating more opportunities than we’ve done, you know, I think we’ve actually played quite well in games and not scored or not taken our chances. And in turn, teams have maybe defended and counter-attacked us and we’ve lost one goal, we’ve ended up having to go chase the game a little bit more. I think when we’ve tended to score first, we’ve tended to go on and get positive results. I think our play at times has been good – I don’t think our play’s been that bad, but our results haven’t been as good as we wanted – we need good results to improve, that’s for sure.
Q. Is that the key then, David, being more creative then, on the field? Is that going to be the challenge for United?
Moyes: No, just the key. I think the key is to try and improve all things – no, you want your creativity… I think the introduction of Juan Mata and his interplay at times with Rooney what I’ve seen recently and Robin, I think that’s helped our creativity. But what you need to also do is make sure then that when maybe the creative players aren’t getting the goals or the chances aren’t coming, that you make sure that you keep the back door shut and you don’t concede a goal which makes you have to chase the game.
Q. Has it been a help or a hindrance that there’s been 10-11 days between the Olympiakos game and this game?
Moyes: A little bit of both, because it has allowed some players to get games – you know, Darren Fletcher got a game for Scotland, Chicharito, Shinji Kagawa – people who’ve not featured as much as they would like, or we would like, but certainly it’s also been a hindrance because we were off a bad performance and a bad result in Olympiakos and we wanted to get that and put it right much sooner, but the way the league and the fixtures have worked out then, we didn’t have a game.
Q. You talked about the loyalty of the fans, has it surprised you how loyal they have been or did you come into the club expecting that kind of backing?
Moyes: Well, if you’re a football supporter, you would understand what loyalty is. If you’re someone who follows a club passionately, then you follow them whether its doing badly or whether its doing well. And at times, it takes stronger supporters to support your club when its not going well, and its a bit easier when everything is… we are winning. And I think at the moment, as I said previously, the Manchester United supporters realize there are some changes taking place and they understand that their time will come again.