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9 May 14 – Southampton (A) Pre-Match Press Conference

Ryan Giggs, 9th May 2014 – Southampton (EPL, A)

Ryan Giggs, 9th May 2014 – Southampton (EPL, A)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Southampton (Away) at St. Mary’s Stadium

DATE & TIME – 11th May 2014, 15:00 GMT (19:30 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference of Ryan Giggs

Q. Can you, first of all, bring us up to date with the injury situation with regards, particularly, to Phil Jones’ situation?

Giggs: Yeah. Phil’s injury isn’t as bad as I thought on the night. So he’s obviously out for Sunday, but he should be okay for the World Cup. Wayne’s just started training over the last couple of days – Sunday is probably a little too quick for him. But obviously, he’ll train and be fine for the World Cup also.

Q. Well obviously, we know you’ve been reluctant to, really, make any comment on the possible appointment of the new manager. But given the fact that Louis van Gaal has now come out and said that he would love the job, and we’re all hearing that there’s going to be an appointment next week, what are your thoughts on the process of appointing the manager so far?

Giggs: You know, my stance isn’t any different than it was last week. Obviously, there’s been huge speculation but nothing’s been announced yet. And my job is to prepare the team for Southampton, so that’s what I’ll do. I’m sure there will be an announcement soon, and maybe I can comment on it then. But at the moment it’s just speculation so there’s not a lot I can say.

Q. Are you looking forward to that appointment as much as everybody else is, whatever appointment that may be?

Giggs: Yeah, I think everyone is. Obviously, it’s been a difficult season for us. So when the management situation gets sorted out, we can move on and like I said, that’ll probably be in the next couple of weeks.

Q. Ryan, in terms of the three-four weeks you’ve been in charge, has that fuelled your desire to be a manager? You’ve never made a secret of the fact that it was the move you wanted to go down when your playing career finished. But, you’ve also alluded to the fact that there’s more to the job than you envisaged. Do you still want to be a manager?

Giggs: Yeah, it just depends on what time of the day you’re asking that question (smiles) – sometimes you probably think – “Yeah, I can do that” and another times it gives you so much pleasure. After the game last Saturday, you could without it. But you probably learn more from defeats and not doing so well, just like when you’re a player. But I’ve enjoyed it – I’ve enjoyed the whole experience and it’s definitely helped me prepare for what will come after my playing career.

Q. Where does the motivation come from? Because clearly you’re in a position where you don’t financially, I assume, have to work. And you see managers getting sacked 6, 9, even lesser months time. What is the motivation to do the job?

Giggs: It’s not a lot different from a player actually. The satisfaction you get from winning, and the pleasure you get from setting up a team, and they go out and do their stuff. And equally so, when you lose a game, you’re gutted, you’re angry, you’re disappointed – but just like a player, you can’t wait for the next game to come so you can do something about it. It sort of goes around in waves really – one minute you enjoy it, one minute you don’t. But ultimately, it gives you a lot of satisfaction when everything goes all right.


2 May 14 – Sunderland (H) Pre-Match Press Conference

Ryan Giggs, 2nd May 2014 – Sunderland (EPL, H)

Ryan Giggs, 2nd May 2014 – Sunderland (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Sunderland (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 3rd May 2014, 15:00 GMT (19:30 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference of Ryan Giggs

Q. How much easier has this week been bearing in mind you’ve not been quite so much in the spotlight as you were this time last week?

Giggs: Yeah, it’s been good. I had a good week; training’s been good and of course, lot less hectic than last week.

Q. You’ve had a lot of support; you’ve had a lot of support from fans, you’ve had a lot of support from people inside the game. What have you been told about your future maybe as manager of Manchester United?

Giggs: Nothing’s changed. It’s just till the end of the season and we’ll chat when that’s over. But yeah, nothing’s changed for me – concentration is on Sunderland tomorrow and then after that, on the remaining two games.

Q. But whatever happens, whether Louis van Gaal is here or not, do you see your long-term future at Manchester United as part of something new?

Giggs: Again, I mean, I’ve got lots to think about – whether to carry on playing. But, my concentration is just on now really; and at the end of the season, we’ll see what happens.

Q. In terms of that, do you think you will have your suit on again on Saturday, or your tracksuit?

Giggs: Well, it’s football, pretty superstitious, so yeah, suit again, I think. Unless I’m playing.

Q. I suppose you could have your kit underneath your suit.

Giggs: Yeah, could do. But it wouldn’t be a good look, yeah (agrees with questioner).

Q. Is that you done then for this season, if you are superstitious, or could you be tempted to get that kit on again?

Giggs: No, I’m still doing training and doing bits and pieces, so I’m still in the frame and maybe playing the remaining games – or being involved in the remaining games.

Q. Ryan, could you just clarify Wayne Rooney’s situation – some people think he has a stomach bug, some people think he’s got a groin injury, most don’t think he’s going to play tomorrow – so, what’s the situation there?

Giggs: Yeah, no, a few of our lads have had a bug – Anders Lindegaard has had a bug, Wayne has. But Wayne’s also got a tight groin, so obviously, with the bug, you’ve just got to be careful with that because it means your system’s down a little bit. But, Wayne being Wayne wants to play and wants to be involved so, we’ll just monitor it over the next 24 hours.

Q. Any other injury news, Ryan that you could tell us?

Giggs: No, Robin’s been back training this week – he’s looked good. Whether tomorrow’s too early, we’ll just see how he goes today. But, yeah, he’s looked really good this week.

Q. In terms of you and playing potentially before the end of the season, who’s gonna make that decision? I mean, who’s gonna actually tell you whether you can play or are you going to make that decision yourself? Or is it a case of have you looked alright in training, and Nicky or Phil might say, “Yeah, we’ll give you a run out”?

Giggs: I don’t think they’re going to say I didn’t look good in training. But no, it’s just a case of keeping myself fit and the circumstances hopefully. Win every game, and I might not get back in – the lads would be doing well! We’ll just have to wait and see.

26 Apr 14 – Norwich (H) Pre-Match Pre-Match Interview

Ryan Giggs, 26th April 2014 – Norwich City (EPL, H)

Ryan Giggs, 26th April 2014 – Norwich City (EPL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Norwich (Home) at Old Trafford

DATE & TIME – 26th April 2014, 17:30 GMT (22:00 IST)

Pre-Match MUTV Interview of Ryan Giggs

Q. Well Ryan, first of all, I suppose it must have been a whirlwind week for you.

Giggs: Yeah, that’s exactly how it’s been. From Tuesday morning, they’d asked me to look after the team for the remaining four games which I had no hesitation in saying yes to. And from then on, really, just, yeah, crazy week.

Q. What does it mean to you to be the manager, albeit on an interim basis, but the manager of Manchester United?

Giggs: I’ve got to say, its the proudest moment of my life. I’ve supported Manchester United all my life. It’s been the biggest part of my life since I was 13… 14, since I signed the schoolboy forms. And ever since then, it’s been the biggest part of my life. So, I’m proud, I’m happy, a little bit nervous – really, just like playing, can’t wait for the game Saturday.

Q. Is it going to be a proud moment for you? You’ve worn the shirt so many times, you’ve sat on the bench as a coach, but to actually walk up that line as a first-team manager for a Premier League game at Old Trafford – is that going to be a proud moment for you?

Giggs: To be honest with you, I can’t wait for 5:30 Saturday to be walking out. I know the place will be rocking, I know the fans will get behind us. It’ll be a moment that I’ll wake up and look forward to. The team have looked great all week, they’ve looked sharp. And, like I said, I can’t wait for 5:30 and the game starting. Just like as if I was a player – you prepare yourself the best that you can, waiting for that moment.

Q. Was one of your first calls to Paul Scholes? And to see Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt and Phil Neville – everyone knows the story, and to see all of you there involved is a special thing.

Giggs: Yeah, of course Phil was already involved; so was Woodsy, and they’ve stayed on. Nicky was involved with the reserves, so I asked him to come over and help us with the first team which he was more than happy to do. And yeah, the phone call was to Scholesy because I know how much the club means to these people. They feel about the club the same way as I do. And I know n the short space of time, they’ll give it everything to make it a success and hopefully, end what has been a frustrating season on a high.

Q. Have you just been told it’s four games? What happens at the end of the season? I suppose you don’t really know, it’s just to see out the season.

Giggs: No, my mindset is just on first Norwich and then the remaining three games after that really. And after that, who knows what happens?

Q. And how have the players responded to you? Are they calling you gaffer?

Giggs: (laughs) I’ve had to take a bit of stick, yeah – ‘Where’re you gonna park?’, ‘What do we call you?’. I’ve had a gaffer sign on my place in the changing room. But, no, they’ve been great. The reaction in training’s been good, it’s been sharp. And that’s what I’ve tried to do – just try and make it relaxed, enjoy yourself. Like I said, let’s try to have a good end to what has been a frustrating and disappointing season.

Q. What has been your main message to the lads, though, for the final few games?

Giggs: That I trust you, that I know what you’re capable of. Go out there and show it on Saturday. And give the fans something to shout about – entertain them, score goals, make tackles, play with speed, play with tempo. And that’s what they’ve done in training so, they’ll take that out into the game on Saturday.

Q. On that point, quite often, callers to MUTV say we’d like to see United playing what they call the United way – exciting, swashbuckling, wingers – is that your philosophy?

Giggs: It’s my philosophy and it’s what I’ve grown up with – it’s Man United’s philosophy. So, yeah, I’ll take that into the game on Saturday. We’ve got the players to do it. We’ve got great players in that dressing room who are winners, who are used to winning . They’ve got that winning mentality. Yeah, they’ll show that Saturday and like, I’ve tried to do, enjoy it! I’ll try to enjoy it as much as I can. I don’t know if I’ll will as much as if I’m playing because I’ll be a little bit nervous. But, no, go out and enjoy it.

Q. Do the players, though, share some responsibility for a season that, by our standards, hasn’t gone well; hasn’t gone to plan?

Giggs: I think everyone shares responsibility – you win together and you lose together, it’s as simple as that. And everyone involved this season haven’t been to the standards of Manchester United. And, yeah, in this short space of time, we’ll do something about that.

Q. Have you spoken to Sir Alex at all? Has he given you any advice in this short space of time?

Giggs: Yeah, obviously. I played under Sir Alex for so long. He was the first person to call because, I wanted advice and I wanted to know what to expect, and who better to ring? Why wouldn’t I?

Q. What’s almost got lost in all of this is that there is a game against Norwich City. The game itself, they come here in serious trouble, does that make them dangerous?

Giggs: Yeah, it does because they’re fighting for something. Around this time of the season, there’s always someone fighting for something – whether it’s to be getting into Europe, whether it’s to be getting into the Champions League, whether it’s to be staying up. And, its dangerous because they’re fighting for their lives. We won’t underestimate Norwich definitely because of the situation that they’re in. They’re a good team and they ended the game last week against Liverpool really well. But we’re Man United. We’re at home. I expect to win, and I expect to play well.

Q. You mention being at home. You’ve been excellent away from home, but at home, it’s been a problem this year for whatever reason. How important is it in this final three home games that the fans at least leave on a bit of a high?

Giggs: Yeah, I want the fans to enjoy the end of the season. And like you say, three home games, it’s a great chance for the players. It’s obviously a great place to play football. And that’s what I want to bring to these three games – for the home fans to have something to shout about.

18 Apr 14 – Everton (A) Pre-Match Press Conference

David Moyes, 18th April 2014 – Everton (EPL, A)

David Moyes, 18th April 2014 – Everton (EPL, A)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Everton (Away) at Goodison Park

DATE & TIME – 20th April 2014, 15:10 GMT (20:40 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. It is the best away record in the Premier League, David, at the moment. If you can keep that going, does that open up still the possibility of Top 4 this season, given that you’ve got that game in hand over Arsenal as well?

Moyes: Well, we’ve said that we’ll never give anything, we won’t until we simply can’t do it. But, obviously, it’s nearly a mathematical impossibility – but we’ll keep trying to make it happen if we can. It’s a tough game going to Goodison for any team at any time, as I should well know. But we’ll go there with a good away record this season, and we’ll try and make it work again.

Q. And how’s Wayne Rooney?

Moyes: Wayne Rooney’s trained great this week. He’s been in really good form. Getting him back, I think is a good thing. He just wasn’t quite right in the last game with his toe at times. But he’s training great this week.

Q. How are the other lads looking as well – Robin and Rafael and Jonny?

Moyes: Well, Robin’s in Holland and Robin’s making improvements. We always thought he would be four to six weeks. We’ll get a better assessment over the next week or so to see exactly where we think he is and how he’s coming on. Our medical team’s heading out there to see him this week and we’ll get a better feel for exactly where he is. Felli didn’t play in Munich, but we expect Felli to be back fit. He’s trained all week. So hopefully, Jonny Evans is making progress as well. Only Rafa’s the one player who’s not available.

Q. And clean sheets as well, away from home. I think it is 488 minutes without conceding, that’s some record isn’t it?

Moyes: Hmm, very good. I didn’t know that myself (laughter). We’ve had some really good moments at times with some of the results but then, obviously, other times we’ve not. So we have to try and keep that going, and it’ll be well tested because we go to a side that’s in good form this year and we’re going to have to play very well.

Q. It seems that speculations have kicked off already with regards to the summer. I’m not going to go into individuals, but I just wonder how far you get into planning for next season at this stage?

Moyes: Well, I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning. I’m well into my thoughts and my ideas already for next season. Not everything you read about in the papers is correct, I’ve got to say that because we’ve been linked with player after player. And every time I go to a game, it seems that I’m signing three or four players in that game. So that isn’t the case. But everybody’s well aware that we’re looking to make some signings and we’ll try and do that whenever that opportunity arises. It’ll probably be after the end of the season before anything really takes place but we have to look to try and do one or two things.

Q. More imperative just given the World Cup as well?

Moyes: Well, I think it will be difficult. Players will be going away to the World Cup, and maybe its not quite so easy. But, I think ideally most clubs would always like to get their work done early. It doesn’t always happen that way, there’s no guarantee ours will, but we’ll do what we can to try and make that happen.

4 Apr 14 – Newcastle United (A) Pre-Match Press Conference

David Moyes, 4th April 2014 – Newcastle United (EPL, A)

David Moyes, 4th April 2014 – Newcastle United (EPL, A)

TOURNAMENT – Barclays Premier League

MATCH – Newcastle United (Away) at St. James’ Park (Sports Direct Arena)

DATE & TIME – 5th April 2014, 14:00 GMT (19:30 IST)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. How big a statement, or even a step forward, was it against the European Champions on Tuesday?

Moyes: Well, it was a terrific performance by the players and an all-round really good night at Old Trafford. It was a special night as far as I’m concerned, maybe one of the best ever games I’ve ever been involved in in football because of the atmosphere, because of the crowd, because of the standard of the opposition, and more importantly because of the performance that the players put in. I thought that the players played really well. So, it was a good night – a bit disappointed, as I said after the game, with the result, but overall, there were a lot of good things to take from it.

Q. So when the character of this club is questioned, it can still come back, bearing in mind Manchester City and Liverpool?

Moyes: I don’t think you can ever question the character of Manchester United – its there. Its ingrained in the football club. And I believe that it’s showed its strength and it’s needed to show it at times this year. But, everybody within the club has shown that, and I thought the atmosphere of the crowd at the game was magnificent, it really was.

Q. You paid tribute to the fans on a lot of occasions when they supported you, but that was something different, that was a step up, wasn’t it, on Tuesday?

Moyes: Yeah, but I thought that was the crowd coming to see the final top 8 teams in the Champions League. They came to see the holders of the competition from the year before, they’ve had many a big game against Bayern Munich in the years gone by, so I think the supporters came there really supporting, knowing they’ve been involved in some immense games against Munich in the past and in a lot of ways, hopefully they got that in the game.

Q. The players do feed off of that, don’t they? I mean the first half, in a lot of situations, they were almost the 12th man for the team, weren’t they?

Moyes: Yeah. It was obviously going to be the case. It was going to be a tough night for us, but I think the crowed were buoyed by the  commitment the players showed and tactically, we had to be good on the night because we were playing against a really good team. And, I think most people inside the ground understood what was required in the game, and I think they appreciated the efforts of the players.

Q. The stats even come into it – the people said it the next morning, they didn’t expect you to get a result, but you got a result. And they said, okay 26% possession but you’ve still got a tie.

Moyes: Yeah, that’s right. And if you said to me before the game, what would be a good result? I didn’t want to concede a goal, 0-0 might have been better than one each, but overall, it was always going to be… Bayern are a good side, they keep a lot of possession, we’re well aware. That’s what we knew exactly, and that’s why on the night, we got quite a few things right.

Q. But is the style of what you’re doing an evolution? Bearing in mind that there’s a transfer window coming in the summer, and you’re still probably getting to know a few of the players.

Moyes: Yeah, I think Bayern, being European champions and with their style, ideally you’d want to play as close to that style as you can get. But to do that, I mean they’ve got some magnificent players that they’ve had at the club for so long. A lot of German players who’ve been brought up through their system, so I really think they’ve got an awful lot in place there, and they’ve built on it over recent years.

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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.

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.