TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League
MATCH – West Ham United (Away) at The Boleyn Ground
DATE & TIME – 22nd March 2014, 17:30 GMT (23:00 IST)
RESULT – Man Utd 2 – 0 West Ham United (Rooney 8′, Rooney 33′)
Post-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes
Q. Well David, I imagine you must be delighted with that, especially with a lot of key players missing today.
Moyes: Yeah, I thought it was a really really good performance, and well-deserved three points. I think the disappointing thing was we didn’t take more advantage of the chances over the way we played, the speed we played today and the break, passed it so well throughout the team, so, I was really pleased with the performance and the result.
Q. Well, it wouldn’t be surprising that Wayne gets a lot of headlines because of that goal. What would you say about the imagination really of scoring from there?
Moyes: I mean, he’s a top player, and he’s got the ability to do those sort of things, you know. Everybody, I’m sure, had flashbacks to David Beckham’s goal. And, you know, when it left his foot, I thought… that’s gone in, you know. It was whether where the bounce would get it under the bar or not. And, it was a great goal, it really was. And, you know, he played really well today, Wayne. Him and Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa were terrific in their football, so I was really pleased.
Q. And Wayne scored another one to go third in the all-time list of United goalscorers. Only Sir Bobby and Denis Law to go. Is it a matter of time?
Moyes: Well, I hope it’s a matter of time, and I think it will be. But, you know, the two names you have mentioned – if you get above those two, that is saying something, it really is. But, his performance was great today. And, we were hoping he might have got a hat-trick, like Robin did in midweek, but it wasn’t quite and we wanted to save him, so we got him off before the end.
Q. Juan Mata seemed to really relish that central role, just behind Wayne.
Moyes: Well, we know what he is capable of – he can play in two or three different roles. That may well be his best position, but we’ve got to make sure that he can play in two or three different positions for us, that was the reason to bring him. But, I thought he played well today, I thought he set us up, he did a lot of good things for us football-wise for us, and, you know, I was thrilled by his performance.
Q. Andy Carroll is a handful for centrebacks, but Michael Carrick, who isn’t a centre-back, looked very comfortable today.
Moyes: Yeah, Michael’s thrilled, he made the centre-half job look easy. I think he had a manful help from Marouane Fellaini a lot of the time as well, which we said before the game. We thought that we might need to tag-team him a little-bit here because of what we had at the back. I thought between the two of them, you know, they dealt with the crosses, they dealt well with the balls up the pitch. And, we had moments where they were always going to put pressure on us, but overall, I thought we dealt with it manfully.
Q. Well, 9 away wins now and another clean sheet away from home. It seems to be working very well at the moment away from home.
Moyes: Yeah (smiling), and you know, we’ve probably been saying that for a while but we need to turn it into that Old Trafford form which we need, but we got a really good result against Olympiakos. You know, I can tell the players are in a confident mood, I thought they played really smashing football today, they really did. And hope that’s the continuation of it and we’ll try and win the next game.
Q. Well, that’s given you a nice problem only for the next game with a lot of people playing very well.
Moyes: Well, that’s what we want. We’ve maybe had, you know, not enough of that but today I thought we played really well.
Q. Well done, thank you.
Moyes: Thank you.