[BONUS] 31-Mar-14 – Bayern Munich’s Pre-Match Press Conference

TOURNAMENT – Champions League

MATCH – Bayern Munich (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 1st April 2014, 19:45 GMT (2nd April 2014, 01:15 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript

Pep Guardiola, 31st March 2014

Pep Guardiola, 31st March 2014

Pep Guardiola: “Like a trainer, for me, it is an honour for me to go to Old Trafford. I was in Old Trafford like a player when I was 19 or 20 years old, so its long time ago. Like a trainer, I’ve never been there so for me, its an honour – like a coach from Bayern Munchen to go to one of the mythical stadiums in the world, one of the best teams in the world. We know that in Premier League, they didn’t make a good season. Normally, Manchester United are to fight in there, but Champions League is another competition and normally, in this competition, we play the history and play the emotions and play the feelings in 90 minutes + 90 minutes. And I am pretty sure that Rooney and his teammates are going to make the best performance possible to beat us.”

“When we expect they are going to play like, maybe they played this season, we’ll make a huge mistake and we are going to try to prepare as much as possible and to know the dark problems and the weakness problems of United and beat them.”

Philipp Lahm, 31st March 2014

Philipp Lahm, 31st March 2014

Philipp Lahm: ” We are the defending champions which is why we are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but Manchester is a great team. Despite their current problems, United is a massive club with great history and we cannot be fooled by their current league position. They have outstanding individual quality but I do believe we have a good chance to progress to the semi-finals if we play to our full potential in both legs.”

“The two clubs have fought many a great battle in the past. I’m really looking forward to going to Manchester. I’ve played in Old Trafford twice. The stadium is huge, and the atmosphere is fantastic.”

Arjen Robben, 31st March 2014

Arjen Robben, 31st March 2014

Arjen Robben: “I think its a good draw for us, and one of the reasons is that we’re playing away from home first. United aren’t in their best shape right now, but they are still a top team, so I expect two very difficult games. Nevertheless, I think we are all really looking forward to those games.”

“When you play in the Champions League, you only have two matches. Of course, you could argue that United are struggling this season but that doesn’t count. We’re playing two knockout matches against a top team now and we need to be ready for that from the first minute.”

Matthias Sammer, 31st March 2014

Matthias Sammer, 31st March 2014

Matthias Sammer (Sports Director): “Its a highly attractive draw against a team that’s struggling to achieve consistency both in the Championship as well as in the Champions League. They lost the first leg against Olympiakos 2-0, but in front of their home ground, they’ve proven a few times they’re capable of great things.”

“Playing at home or away first only plays a role when you’re insecure. We need to be confident and convinced to show a top performance, and then the home-or-away draw doesn’t matter.”

Thomas Muller, 31st March 2014

Thomas Muller, 31st March 2014

Thomas Muller: “I think anything is possible in a quarter-final. Manchester probably weren’t a 100% convinced they’d make it after a tough defeat against Olympiakos. But they showed a very convincing performance. And that confirms that United still have great quality, even if things aren’t going very well in the league.”

29 Mar 14 – Aston Villa (H) Post-Match Reaction

David Moyes, 29th March 2014 – Aston Villa (EPL, H)

David Moyes, 29th March 2014 – Aston Villa (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Aston Villa (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 29th March 2014, 12:45 GMT

RESULT – Man Utd 4 – 1 Aston Villa (Westwood 13′, Rooney 20′, Rooney 45′ (pen), Mata 57′, Hernandez 90′)

Post-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. David, you must be delighted with that.

Moyes: I am, because we didn’t get off to a great start. We didn’t actually start the first 5-10 minutes, where everybody was a little nervy in that period. But, once  we sort of regrouped and got going, it was  good that we got the first goal back to make it one each. And we scored the second goal at a really good time just before half-time.

Q. I suppose it would have been easy at 1-0 for the pressure to build, for heads to drop a little bit. There was none of that, was there?

Moyes: I thought the opposite, I thought actually the players took the challenge on and actually rose to it after that. I thought we got better. Like I said, we didn’t start the first 15 minutes as well as we’d like, again. But, all in all, the result was what was required and they played well in the end.

Q. We seem to talk about Wayne Rooney’s performance every week, but he’s up to 17 goals now. Has he been the real talisman for United this season?

Moyes: I think he’s played terrifically well since the start of the season. I think he’s been someone who in a lot of ways has done many jobs for us, he’s had to. He’s shown his energy, he’s getting his goals, and we need his goals – and I said to him in the dressing room that you keep scoring two goals for us in games like that and it’ll go a long way for us to improve and win games. So, I was really pleased with the way he played. And maybe, if I was being critical, I’d say he could’ve got a third goal for us, he had a chance for his hat-trick.

Q. Rafael didn’t emerge in the second half, Michael Carrick came on. Was that an injury?

Moyes: Yeah, it was an injury. And, you know, we’re short of defenders at the moment because Antonio Valencia was injured as well, tendinitis in his knee, who we might’ve put to right back. So, we found ourselves having to juggle again today. So we’re certainly short of defenders just now, and I’ve just got to hope that Rafa’s injury isn’t too bad.

Q. Mata got his first goal for United. I think you could see from the reactions of the fans and his teammates what a popular player he already has become.

Moyes: I think he’s popular inside the ground as well because I think, people realize how good a footballer he is. I think he has played well and I think he’s really helped us. And, his goals were one of the reasons we wanted to sign him, because he’s always had a record of scoring goals. And I thought he came very close at West Ham the other week there. He had a chance here as well in the game in midweek. So, there were signs there that it was coming. And today for him to get his first goal was really good.

Q. Alright, couple of subs combined, Januzaj and Chicharito. Obviously keen to show you what they can do as well.

Moyes: Yeah, I love my football and I thought it was a great goal, you know. The sort of interplay out on the right wing between Adnan and Fellaini, and Adnan getting away and putting in a great cross for Chicharito – its the sort of goal if you’re a football supporter, you like to see – good play down the wing and a great cross then for the goal.

Q. You got great applause when you came out at the start. And then at the end, you made a beeline for the Stretford End. Was that your way of saying thanks to the fans?

Moyes: It was because I think, ever since I’ve been at Manchester United, I’ve only ever had support. I don’t know why people are trying to change that, from somewhere, but I actually believe that the Manchester United supporters are right behind me and the team – I think they all understand the situation we’re in. The team was incredibly focused today to get a result, that was the important thing. And I wanted to make sure the focus was right, it wasn’t necessarily on me, albeit everybody knew that was the case today.

Q. Finally, looking forward to Tuesday, two great clubs?

Moyes: Yeah, I’m really looking forward to the game. You know, its been a difficult season for us but we could go a long way to making things feel a lot better if we could get a good result Tuesday night.

28 Mar 14 – Aston Villa (H) Pre-Match Press Conference

David Moyes, 28th March 2014 – Aston Villa (EPL, H)

David Moyes, 28th March 2014 – Aston Villa (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Aston Villa (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 29th March 2014, 12:45 GMT

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. Well David, another week where it’s been two steps forward and three steps back, isn’t it?

Moyes: Hmm, yeah, we didn’t play well in midweek, and it was disappointing. But, going into the game, we played well against Olympiakos, we played well against West Ham, so going into the game against Aston Villa, we’d like to get more of the West Ham performance if we could rather than the midweek one.

Q. You defended the players so fiercely, do they deserve a little bit of the blame rather than.. ?

Moyes: Well, the players know exactly what it is to play for Manchester United. They know the standards they have to set. But, they are hurting as well as me, they really are. They’re desperate to put it right. And hopefully when we get to the game against Villa, they can show that.

Q. When it gets to hurt though, its a different stage isn’t it? They’re talking about a banner flying above Old Trafford that no one in this room thinks its a nice thing.

Moyes: No, that’s right. I’ve heard of it, I’ve heard what they’re saying about it but, this is something which.. this is a long journey here. This is only the start of the journey and people can do that, obviously they’re entitled to do that.

Q. Is it hard though, when they don’t know the hours that you’re putting into this job and how hard you’re actually trying to turn things around here?

Moyes: Well, you work hard. You work hard to get to this place in the first place. But I’ve got to say that I’m more driven to succeed than ever, because obviously I want the team to turn around. I want to change this position we’re in just now. And I really do believe we can do that. I think we’ve got a great club, which obviously gives you the chance to do that, because of the people, the players we can attract to the club. But, its just gonna take a little bit of time to get it sorted.

Q. How much encouragement does it give you David that the majority of fans are still on your side, and its only small pockets that seem to have created this unrest?

Moyes: Well everywhere I go I get great support from Manchester United supporters. I was really fortunate that I was a dinner last night for Darren Fletcher. And the amount of Manchester United supporters who were up and saying, ‘Come on, keep going. We understand exactly the situation the club’s in and the team’s in’. So, they’re really supportive. And every time I’ve gone to Old Trafford, the crowd have been great. I’ve seen different from what a lot of people are saying. But I understand that results are what matter.

Q. I guess that’s the best way to answer it all isn’t it, with results?

Moyes: Yeah, results are football. The business is results-driven. And I’m keen to get those results to make sure that we move up the table.

Q. David, many of the fans think that its the wrong way of showing frustration, a stunt like a fly-protest, not befitting of Manchester United, how disappointing is it?

Moyes: Well, I’m really just repeating myself. Its actually not what I’ve been witnessing. I’ve been witnessing great support inside the ground. I’m witnessing great support from the people I bump into outside the ground, Manchester United supporters. There’s a rebuilding plan under way. I think anybody’s got an understanding of the game understands that will happen. And the people who put me in place in the job here are top football people – they know exactly what’s required at Manchester United, they know exactly the sort of characters you need to have at the club to run the club.

25 Mar 14 – Manchester City (H) Post-Match Reaction

David Moyes, 25th March 2014 – Man City (EPL, H)

David Moyes, 25th March 2014 – Man City (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Manchester City (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 25th March 2014, 19:45 GMT (26th March 2014, 01:15 IST)

RESULT – Man Utd 0 – 3 Man City (Dzeko 1′, Dzeko 56′, Toure 90′)

Post-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. David, how would you sum that up overall tonight?

Moyes: Really disappointed, the way the game went. We never gave ourselves a real start in the game at all, they started very fast, we didn’t. There was a goal after 30 or 40 seconds, and because of that, we were on the back foot right away. I thought we got to grips maybe after 15 minutes, but I think the start we got just put us on the wrong foot. But, we did better in the first half and maybe a little bit unfortunate not to get a goal right before half-time.

Q. I suppose its a real jolt to the system after 45 seconds, you’re game plan’s affected straight away almost.

Moyes: Well, it was because we found ourselves needing to stay in the game, find a way of not getting ourselves going further behind. So, we had to try and do that before we’re able to find our own feet and go forward ourselves. But, it really just never gave us a start in the game.

Q. Were you encouraged when you got to half-time, David? In the last 15-20 minutes of that first half, you’d looked as though you’d improved significantly.

Moyes: I thought we had, I thought we looked as if we could score. We were actually a little bit careless a couple of times going forward, as if we didn’t pick the right cross or the pass out. So, that was the disappointing thing for me. But, I did get encouragement and that’s what the message was at half-time – look, we’re right in this game, make sure we do things right in the second-half, and let’s get a goal back as the half wears on.

Q. So, you would have been disappointed in the manner of conceding that second goal, again, early in the second half.

Moyes: Yeah. I thought we brought it on ourselves, we never played well enough from the back to get the ball out, and then we conceded a  corner and the marking let us down. We conceded a goal from a corner kick when really, we should have been defending tighter and making sure we didn’t concede.

Q. You built a lot of momentum in the last week with those two wins, is it frustrating that the momentum went away tonight?

Moyes: Yeah, but we always knew that these games were hard, what we’ve got. I’ve been sort of hinting at it, and saying that these are tough games and we are trying to build momentum. I said March was a real difficult month, we’re playing a lot of good sides. we’ve got a lot of work to do to get the things the way we want them and while we’re playing a lot of the big sides, it could be difficult and tonight was another difficult night.

Q. Would you feel for the supporters who stayed with United again, specially those that work with City fans?

Moyes: Yeah, I’ve been saying it every week, but thanks, thanks everybody – it was great tonight, the support for the team throughout the game. But I really genuinely feel that most people understand that this is something which is going to take a lot of time to alter, it can’t be something that we’re gonna do from one Saturday to the other, it’s not going to change dramatically, even in the short time from now to the end of the season.

24 Mar 14 – Manchester City (H) Pre-Match Press Conference

David Moyes, 24th March 2014 – Manchester City (EPL, H)

David Moyes, 24th March 2014 – Manchester City (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Manchester City (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 25th March 2014, 19:45 GMT (26th March 2014, 01:15 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. Good afternoon.

Moyes: Afternoon.

Q. How much of a reward for your fans would be winning this match against Manchester City?

Moyes: Well, I’ve said for many times how well the supporters have reacted to what is a difficult season. They’ve been great, and the atmosphere’s been great inside Old Trafford, they’ve played their part in helping the team. We’ve not always done the bit, our side of it, but recently we have, and they supporters have responded to that as well.

Q. Does it make an extra motivation though? I mean, United have lost their last two derbies at Old Trafford. If you give them a derby win on Sunday, it doesn’t look quite so bad does it?

Moyes: Yeah, we’ll do everything we possibly can. We’ve got to win every game, not just the derby game; we try to win every game, it’s not any different. But, obviously, it means a lot more to supporters and it means a lot more in the city if you win a derby game. But, we go into every game with the same intention of trying to win.

Q. With eight games left in the season though, have you got players in your squad that are playing to be part of your future here?

Moyes: Well, I think everybody’s here. So, everybody plays a part, whether it be for the future, whether it be just to make sure they can show what they can do. But I thought, recently, they have. I think, the last couple of games, a lot of players have really stepped up to the plate and performed. But, I’m not surprised by that at all. I think that’s what they’re capable of. That’s what I’ve been saying all year, I’m saying, we’ve got a good squad, we’ve got good players. We maybe haven’t played as well as we should have, but I do think that we’ve got those capabilities in the squad.

Q. David, are you likely to get any defenders back fit for this game who weren’t available for the weekend?

Moyes: For this Barclays Premier League game, we’ll do everything we possibly can to try and get the players back. (smiling)

Q. In terms of Michael Carrick’s performance though, how much encouragement does that give you considering how well he played at centre-half, if there are issues with players?

Moyes: Well, he’s done great at centre-half and I had no problems. But he’s played there before for United, so it wasn’t a problem. We even considered putting Fellaini back there as well, so I think we’ve got people if we have to, we can do that. We gave Pat Evra a sort of rest as well, so if we have to, we can put Pat Evra there as well and he would cope manfully. So, it was great that the squad mucked in, and that’s how the way it should be – when you’re short in areas, everybody, all hands to the pump and we were short on Saturday and he certainly played really well, did Michael Carrick.

Q. Wayne Rooney, everybody seems to be talking about his first goal. Obviously, it was a magnificent goal, but his display as well and how important do you think he can be in the derby game? Because it’s the type of match that he always seems to be well up for, I think he’s the top scorer of all-time in Manchester derbies.

Moyes: Well, his form throughout the season has been very good, and his goal capped off what everybody’s aware that he’s capable of. I think, I said after the game, he’s spoken about a lot, he’s talked about, because of the ability he’s got as a footballer. And he showed it in a different way on Saturday. Well, not in a different way, but maybe a way everybody expects that he’s capable of doing something which maybe many other players aren’t capable of. But, more importantly for me, I think it’s how well he has played for the team. That’s the big thing, from the first game, he’s been a great team player.

22 Mar 14 – West Ham United (A) Post-Match Reaction

David Moyes, 22nd March 2014 – West Ham (EPL, A)

David Moyes, 22nd March 2014 – West Ham (EPL, A)

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.

21 Mar 14 – West Ham United (A) Pre-Match Press Conference

David Moyes, 21st March 2014 – West Ham (EPL, A)

David Moyes, 21st March 2014 – West Ham (EPL, A)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – West Ham United (Away) at The Boleyn Ground

DATE & TIME – 22nd March 2014, 17:30 GMT (23:00 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. Afternoon. Its a Champions League draw that evokes plenty of memories for Manchester United, what was your reaction, David?

Moyes: I was thrilled that we were in that draw, and we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. And, when we were 2-0 down a week or so ago to Olympiakos, I don’t think there were many people who were putting us through to the quarter-final draw, so, in a lot of ways it didn’t matter who I drew. But, I’ve got to say, I’ve probably drawn out the favourites and obviously the holders of the Cup competition as well, so, its a really tough draw for us, but one I’m looking forward to.

Q. How much does the complexion of the time make? Old Trafford and then Munich?

Moyes: Well, I think, if you’re old-fashioned, I think you would always want to be at home in the second leg, and I’ve got to say that would be the preference, it would be. But, you know, the way the games are going now – counter-attacking football and a different approach by the teams away from home – ah, we’ve got it. That’s the way the draw’s come out – we’re home at the first leg, away in the second leg, we just have to take it.

Q. Wednesday was a good night, the only kind of blip was Robin at the end. What is the situation there, David?

Moyes: Well, we’re getting him re-scanned again today, it’s not just quite conclusive on everything we’ve seen yet, so we want to just check that out and be sure. He won’t be available for tomorrow’s game, but we’ll try and give you some update as soon as we can on the outcome of it.

Q. After that game, David, you said that you feel like people are always at you when you win about turning a corner and anything like that but, in terms of that victory …

Moyes: Are you gonna ask me? (laughter)

Q. No, no, no – I was alluding to it but I won’t ask you directly. So, in terms of that result, what sort of a platform does that give you ahead of two games in quick succession?

Moyes: Well, we’ve got a lot of games coming up, its one thing. We need to make sure that the squad’s ready for all the games and available. That’s big for us – that we have our players fit and available – I think that’s important. And we’re looking forward to them – you know, we go into them now, as I said before, where there’s no guarantee that one result definitely leads to another. But, you’d rather have a good result than a bad result and we got a really good result in midweek. So, hopefully, we can build on that.

Q. How do you find that consistency?

Moyes: Well, the cons… how do you find it? Well, you find it by, you know, winning again and moving on and moving to the next game. And that’s the consistency we’ve been looking for. There’s been periods this season where we’ve gone five or six games unbeaten, you know, and maybe drawing the next game or whatever its been. So, we’ve had periods like that this season, its not been that we’ve not done it.

Q. What sort of a challenge will it be then at West Ham with the way that Sam Allardyce has got his team playing in the second half of the season?

Moyes: Well, I think that Big Sam has just won Manager of the Month. I don’t know if that was last week or if it’s still to come this week. But, you know, he’s done great, he was at a low league position and he’s turned them around. But, I don’t think anybody should be surprised by that because you look at what he’s done with teams in the Premier League over the years,  his are always hard-working, competitive teams and teams that get results. And that’s why he’s been so successful.

19 Mar 14 – Olympiakos (H) Post-Match Reaction

David Moyes, 19th March 2014 – Olympiakos (UCL, H)

David Moyes, 19th March 2014 – Olympiakos (UCL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Champions League

MATCH – Olympiakos (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 19th March 2014, 19:45 GMT (01:15 IST, 20th March 2014)

RESULT – Man Utd 3 – 0 Olympiakos (van Persie (pen) 25′, van Persie 46′, van Persie 52′)

Post-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. David, first of all, congratulations. What a night that was, wasn’t it?

Moyes: What a night, and you know, we – the supporters deserved the night. And, to be honest, we needed a night – the management staff, the players – we needed it as well. But we had to perform, and thankfully we did that tonight.

Q. Clearly, it was an all-round team performance, but are there players that you would particularly pick out from that tonight?

Moyes: Of course there were. But, you know, it would be wrong for me just to mention Robin’s three goals or Ryan Giggs’ play and his assists, Wayne’s play. But I just thought Danny Welbeck was terrific, there was all-round performances. And David de Gea, we needed him to make saves which were really important in the game. We were always going to have to take some risks to try and score and attack, which was always meaning that we could be a bit vulnerable at the back. But we did that, and we hope- thankfully, I should say, we got through; we did it.

Q. You had a 40-year old defying all logic again there in the centre of midfield.

Moyes: I just say that he is a freak of nature, I think that he can do it. And it wasn’t as if I thought he was tiring after 60 minutes today, and he’s not played for a month or two. He’s just a really really good football player as everybody at this football club’s aware of and, his performance tonight was up there with as well as he’s played in my time that I’ve been here.

Q. Great to see Robin getting a hat-trick, but worrying to see him getting stretchered off at the end. What’s the situation with him?

Moyes: It looks as if he’s just got a knock in the back of his knee. We don’t think its too bad so, hopefully, that’s good news and he’s fine. But, great credit to score a hat-trick in the Champions League. I think special players do that, and he certainly is a special player.

Q. And the partnership that has been criticized sometimes – that of Wayne and Robin – it was there for all to see tonight.

Moyes: Yeah, it was. And we tried to link it a little bit with Danny Welbeck and Robin at times. We wanted to do where Wayne dropped a bit deeper and joined Robin as well. So, we found a way of getting the result and it was a big thing. But, we should have never put ourselves in the situation of being 2-0 down after the first leg but when we did, we needed a big night and a big effort and, as I said, after Sunday’s performance, it is a big thank you to the supporters for the part they played in getting us that result tonight.

Q. Well has that answered a few questions from the weekend? A lot of people were looking at this tonight, and there was their answer, I suppose.

Moyes: Yeah, I mean, what we’ve got to do is we’ve got to do it more often. We know we’re not playing as well as we should be, we know we’ve got to get better and I believe, given a little bit of time and given the chance to adjust to things, we can do that. I thought the big thing tonight was the players’ attitude, you know, mentally they were really focused. I’m sure from the first minute everyone saw their attitude – I think Danny Welbeck made a tackle in the first five or ten seconds and it sort of set the tone for the game a little bit.

Q. Fine, any thoughts on the draw, or are you just, at the moment, are we just happy that we’re in there at the moment?

Moyes: (laughing) No, I’ve got a couple of teams who I think I might prefer than a couple of others, but, I think this football club is capable, I really do. I think this football club has got history in the competition – it knows what to do when its there. Its not a shock that we’re in the last eight, its something which we do regularly. So, hopefully we’re going to try and get into the last 4, that’s the big thing now.

Q. Congratulations, David.

Moyes: Thank you, thanks.

18 Mar 14 – Olympiakos (H) Pre-Match Press Conference

David Moyes, 18th March 2014 – Olympiakos (UCL, H)

David Moyes, 18th March 2014 – Olympiakos (UCL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Champions League

MATCH – Olympiakos (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 19th March 2014, 19:45 GMT (01:15 IST, 20th March 2014)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. David, hello. The mood looked pretty good in training this morning. But, Wayne Rooney suggested after that defeat against Liverpool that it was the worst performance in his ten years at Old Trafford. So, has it been difficult to lift the players back up again?

Moyes: Well, I think when you lose in the fashion we did, and obviously, to one of our biggest rivals, there’s always a lot of disappointment. We knew it was a big week – we had Liverpool and now we have got Olympiakos in the Champions League. But, as soon as it was over, we’ve concentrated on this game. And, you know, we told the players that on Monday morning when we got them back in; the only thing that matters now is this game, and our focus is now on that – on the Olympiakos game.

Q. There’s a great tradition of European success here at Old Trafford, can you use that to inspire the players to try and turn this tie around, do you think?

Moyes: We will try and do that. I think, I was looking back, its only twice Manchester United have done it. I think 1984 was the recent one, against Barcelona. I think Robbo got two goals, by all accounts, that night. So, its not something that’s happened a lot, but its something that we have to try and make happen.

Q. There’s a few times that you see encouraging signs and you see improvement. I have to say that, I find it difficult to see that improvement on the field at the moment. What is it that makes you think that it will improve, and that your position will look more secure over the next few weeks?

Moyes: Well, I think that I see the players everyday; I get the chance to work with them everyday. The qualities they show me – I think they know they can play better – I don’t think any of them are questioning that. But, I get buoyed from the players – I see what they can do. And, hopefully they can show it – agreed, they have not showed it as often as we’ve liked. But, we’ll try and make that happen tomorrow night.

Q. David, you can overstate the importance of matches sometimes, but, to what extent do you think your future depends on the outcome of this match?

Moyes: My future has not changed one bit – I got a great job, I know exactly the direction I want to go in. Its not been the season we’d hoped we would’ve had at this present time, but, I’ve got ideas of what I want to do, where to put players when the time is right. But the most important thing just now is to get the Olympiakos game played. Hopefully get through in that competition. If we can, it would be a massive lift for us. But, we know we’ve got ourselves in a poor position being 2-0 down. But we’ve got a lot of belief, and we’ve got to try and make it show, and play well in the game.

Q. David, do you think one of the big things here is, whether you go through tomorrow or go out tomorrow, is that these players play like you know they can? They put on a performance for the crowd who have backed them all season.

Moyes: Yeah, I think the support inside Old Trafford has been phenomenal, it really has been. I think the players will tell you that it was the first thing I mentioned to them near enough after the game was, you know, we need to start giving something back now, we need to start performing together – me, the team – we need to make sure we work together to get a performance and a night to be remembered. And we’ll do everything we possibly can to make that happen, we’ll leave nothing behind on the night hopefully and we’ll try to make sure we somehow go through to the next round.

16 Mar 14 – Liverpool (H) Post-Match Reaction

David Moyes, 16th March 2014 – Liverpool (EPL, H)

David Moyes, 16th March 2014 – Liverpool (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Liverpool (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 16th March 2014, 13:30 GMT (19:00 IST)

RESULT – Man Utd 0 – 3 Liverpool (Gerrard (pen) 34′, Gerrard (pen) 46′, Suarez 84′)

Post-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. David, what are your emotions at the end of that?

Moyes: Well, disappointment for everybody – all the Manchester United supporters – that we didn’t get a result today. But, a dissapointment I think, you know, for the goals – the way they were conceded, the penalty kicks, somewhere, somewhere and… So, just all round, just a disappointing day for us.

Q. I suppose the key thing is conceding so early in the second half. Was that the big moment in many ways?

Moyes: Well, we went out, I didn’t think we hadn’t played well enough in the first half but we weren’t necessarily a goal worse off at half time. And we thought, if we could come out, we start bright, get ourselves back in the game – that was the plan to do so. But before we’d even taken our seats, we’d given a goal away from another penalty kick. And, you know, for me, that was the one which was the worst one of them all. The other ones were sort of accidental, or no challenges which were or weren’t. But, that one went in and obviously, you put yourself in real trouble.

Q. I suppose even at 2 down, if you get a goal back, you’re back in the game, but I suppose that killed it off late on with another penalty kick, and you lost your captain.

Moyes: Yeah. I mean, it was… just things didn’t go for us at all. I thought, when we went 2-0 down, we had a spell where we played quite well. We tried to get ourselves back in the game, and the one or two half chances we made weren’t enough. But, the last thing we needed was to lose another, another player. They missed a penalty from that, but by that time we were down to 10 men, and it made it an uphill task.

Q. Were you concerned that you didn’t create that many clear-cut chances in the game today?

Moyes: Yeah, I was. I was disappointed. You know, in a way, I didn’t think we ever really got that in the first half. I just thought we’d grown into the game for 10-15 minutes before half-time, which started to look a little bit more… We’d swapped Adnan’s side and he’d done better on the right, so we’d swapped it to give them some problems, but prior to that, we hadn’t really offered enough.

Q. Despite the result, the fans stayed right with you throughout.

Moyes: They were fantastic, the fans. They deserve great credit for the way they’ve supported the team today. You know, if they give us that support on Wednesday night, it’ll give us a chance of getting through in the Champions League. We’ll try and do that. I’m disappointed that I’ve not been able to give them a result today but, we’ll pick ourselves up and we’ll try and go again for the next one.

Q. Do you have to lift the players for that, or will they lift themselves for a game of that magnitude on Wednesday here?

Moyes: The players are well aware about what it means and what we have to do. We’ve got something we’ve got to try and go for. And, hopefully we can try and do that.