David Moyes

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.

8 Apr 14 – Bayern Munich (A) Pre-Match Press Conference

TOURNAMENT – Champions League

MATCH – Bayern Munich (Away) at The Allianz Arena

DATE & TIME – 9th April 2014, 18:45 GMT (10th April 2014, 00:15 IST)

David Moyes, 8th April 2014 - Bayern Munich (UCL, A)

David Moyes, 8th April 2014 – Bayern Munich (UCL, A)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. So David, what are your thoughts on tomorrow’s game?

Moyes: Really looking forward to the game – second leg, quarterfinal of the Champions League, with the opportunity to try and reach the semifinal! Its a massive game, one which all the players are looking forward to, and we’ll do everything we can to reach the semifinal.

Q. David, is this your hardest test as a manager? If you were to win it, would it be your greatest ever victory?

Moyes: Yeah, it’s the hardest task because of the level of the opposition, level of the competition and the stage of the competition – means that of course it’s the hardest game. And there’s a lot of top players on show from both sides. But, I’ll do everything I possibly can to help the players get a result on the night.

Q. How much of a boost was it that Wayne was able to train?

Moyes: Yeah, he was able to train. He’s massively keen to be involved. But he’s not trained all week – so we need to be wary of that but we’ll do everything we possibly can. He’s happy to take an injection to play in the game which, I think, it shows you his feeling about the game, about the club and, we need him as well – he’s a really important player to the team.

Q. David, you’re strategy worked very well in the opening leg at Old Trafford. Can we expect  a similar approach maybe tomorrow evening?

Moyes: Well, I’d like to have more possession, I’d like to have more of the ball. I’d like to have a bigger effect in the game – and my plans will be to do that. But they were also my plans in the first game as well – the quality of Bayern at times was very good. And you also have to respect your opponents, and on the night, they did some good things. But, I expect us to play better than we did in the first leg, and I believe we can play better than we did in the first leg. And to get through, we probably will, as well.

Q. David, getting through, and getting to the final is the way that your players can play in the Champions League next season. When you look at them, do you sense that they want to hold onto this level of football for another year?

Moyes: Well, I think the Champions League is a competition all sides are trying to achieve – by reaching it. And it’s no different at United. I think its a competition – we’ve been one of the most successful in Europe, and its a competition we want to try and continue in. It’s a difficult ask through our league position this year, but we’ll try and do it any way we can.

Q. David, in the first leg, Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were outstanding for you. Can you emphasize how much their experience means in these sort of games for you?

Moyes: Well, we’ll need a very good performance from everybody. It’s a game where you won’t be able to carry any passengers. But, it’s also a game that everybody’s really looking forward to, all the players are prepared for it. We prepared well for this game by beating Aston Vil… (smiles) by beating Newcastle at the weekend, I should say. And I feel that the players are going into the game in a good frame of mind. We’ve given ourselves every opportunity – we’ve done all we can to prepare for the game. So, we have to go into this game knowing that its a cup final for us. We want to be in the Champions League final, but first of all we’ve got to win this final, which is the second leg tie against Munich and from that point of view, we can’t leave anything at all. We have to make sure we go through on the night.

Q. David, what kind of statement do you think it would make about this football club, which has had criticism this season, if you were to beat the champions and go through to the semifinal. And secondly, if you weren’t to, and it was to be the Europa League next year, would you embrace that competition as well?

Moyes: Well, I think the only thing my focus has been towards is getting through in this game. I think to talk about things that have gone on – the league or anything else that’s happened – I think it would be better just looking forward to this game and preparing for it. And I think we have done as well – we’ve got the players ready and focused on this one. They know the job at hand is a big task, but I think it’s one that we’re all relishing. I think it’s the sort of game that United over the years have been involved in and had a good record. And we’re going to have to try and do that again.

Q. David, what’s the actual injury that Wayne’s got? What did the scans show? Is there any long term danger by giving him this injection, potentially?

Moyes: Well, we think it’s okay because we wouldn’t do anything wrong or we wouldn’t do anything ‘medically’ wrong. We take the advice from our doctors and the people who advise us. Wayne – everybody knows the character he is, they know the type of player he is and he’s determined to play. And if he’s determined, well, we’d be mad not to give him the opportunity to do so.

Q. David, how does it affect your tactical approach to the game when you know you have to score, otherwise you’re out?

Moyes: Well, it doesn’t alter an awful lot. Because if Bayern score, we need to score one goal as well. So our tactical approach would have been the same – we’re going to go in there and we’re going to try to win the game, it has to be. But we have to do that from a technically good position – the players I should say, they have to be technically good on the ball. We need to do better than we did in the first leg with the ball when we have it. But I do think we need the same spirit, the same determination to make sure that we get ourselves a good position.

Q. David, for all of Bayern’s reputation, three of our big four – what we call our big four – have won here in the last 20 months, one in the final. Can this have any bearing upon this or not?

Moyes: Well, I think that will be something that will be more in Bayern’s mind that the English teams have come here and have quite a good record. And they’ll have that doubt in their mind. Obviously, they’re European Champions but they also have a question mark about the games they’ve had to play here against the English sides. So, we’ll try and use it to our advantage. But, we all need to play well. We know we all need to be very good tomorrow night, and our aim is to try and do that.

Darren Fletcher, 9th April 2014 - Bayern Munich (UCL, A)

Darren Fletcher, 9th April 2014 – Bayern Munich (UCL, A)

Pre-Match Press Conference Transcript of Darren Fletcher

Q. You’ve obviously had your disappointments, Darren, in this competition – three finals, and you didn’t play in any of them. You’ve got a personal incentive to keep going – I know that’s not your main priority, but it is particularly important to you, isn’t it?

Fletcher: Yeah, of course. For whatever reasons, I’ve not managed to play in a final. I’ve just spoken about getting to three different circumstances have prevented me from that. Its been a dream of mine since I was a small boy, to play in the Champions League final. So, a win tomorrow night obviously takes us into the semifinals and gets us closer to achieving that. But, its more important the club and the team get there, rather than the individuals. When the team, or if we do get there, then you do your best in the games, and you hope that you’re selected. As I said before, the most important thing for us is to win tomorrow night and get ourselves in the semi finals and then, we’ll take it from there.

Q. Darren, you played in this game in 2010 when you took the lead and lost with Wayne being injured. Do you look back on that tie as a missed opportunity? Because if you’d gone through to the semifinal, you could have gone to the finals.

Fletcher: Yeah, massively – it’s a big disappointment looking back because there was nothing in the game out here. We lost two late goals, quite sloppy. And then after dominating the second leg, we were unfortunate to go out, I think. Circumstances weren’t with us on the night after a great first half performance. So yeah, there is regret but there’s regret everytime you lose in the Champions League. But, I think that’s one that I look back on and think, that was a real missed opportunity because how well we played over the two legs.

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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1 Apr 14 – Bayern Munich (H) Post-Match Reaction

David Moyes, 1st April 2014 - Bayern Munich (UCL, H)

David Moyes, 1st April 2014 – Bayern Munich (UCL, H)

TOURNAMENT – Champions League

MATCH – Bayern Munich (Home) at Old Trafford

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

RESULT – Man Utd 1 – 1 Bayern Munich (Vidic 58′, Schweinsteiger 67′)

Post-Match Press Conference Transcript of David Moyes

Q. David, it was a terrific night of European football. What was your emotion at the end of it?

Moyes: Well, disappointed that we didn’t pick up all three… (laughs) points! No, pick up a victory. I thought we deserved it with our performance. But, really pleased with how the players had played. We had to defend well, but we made opportunities and it was a good night just but for giving the goal late on.

Q. In terms of work rate and resolve, I suppose you couldn’t have asked a lot more from your side, could you?

Moyes: No, I thought they were excellent – I mean from the start to the finish, we were very good. We knew it was going to be hard because they were going to have possession – they’re a really good side. But, we kept our discipline, kept in the right places, tried to do the right things, so often as we could, and we knew we would get opportunities to score, the way they played, and I thought that we could maybe cause them some problems and we did. But unfortunately, we got one or two chances and we didn’t quite finish them off.

Q. Particularly in that first half, Danny had one disallowed actually – possibly harshly and also had a great chance as well in the first half.

Moyes: Yeah, I agree. I’ve not seen the one yet where he gets disallowed but they’re saying its for a high boot. I need to say it again before I can comment correctly on it. But the other one, he got through and I was thinking, ‘Go on Danny, finish it off’. But he stood big, Neuer, and I was nearly hoping, ‘Go on, put it through his legs, Danny’. It looked as if he was standing that tall, it was only going to go through his legs. But, we didn’t get it and it was a great chance for us at that time.

Q. You got the breakthrough. Was it disappointing that they equalized quite soon after?

Moyes: It was, because I felt that maybe there was another goal in it for us. We had to keep defending the way we did, and hope that they would go chasing a goal and we could maybe get the second goal. So I was disappointed we lost the goal, but in the main, we defended well for most of the game.

Q. They lost Schweinsteiger to a red card late on. I think they were disappointed with that. He’s gonna miss the second leg, Martinez’s gonna miss the second leg as well, are they important players?

Moyes: They’re all important players for them, because it limits the coach’s choices – what he can do. We’ll have to try and take advantage of it. We’re going to need to go there and play as well as we did tonight, and more – because we have to go there and win the game, or at least get a goal to put us through. So, we’ve got a lot to do, but I’m confident we can go and do that.

Q. Well finally, looking at that second leg, you’re very much still alive in this tie, aren’t you? What would be your tactics going into that? How will you approach that one?

Moyes: We need to be mindful of what we’ve got. We do need to score – we need to think about making sure we’re in the game but I think, if they score anyway, we still need to score. So, it doesn’t change an awful lot in the initial part of the game, so we’ll look into it this week, we’ll see exactly what we think we need to do and prepare ourselves for the game.

31 Mar 14 – Bayern Munich (H) 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 of David Moyes and Ryan Giggs

David Moyes, 31st March 2014 - Bayern Munich (UCL, H)

David Moyes, 31st March 2014 – Bayern Munich (UCL, H)

Q. David, is this one of the reasons why you took the job, a Champions League quarter-final against the holders and one of the best club teams in the world?

Moyes: Most definitely. Its a really good competition, its been very good for us so far, in my short time here. I come into it as a very inexperienced manager in the  Champions League, but we’ve done well and now, we’ve got the ultimate test in Bayern Munich.

Q. Is the pressure off you and the players in a sense with Bayern Munich being the holders obviously expected to win, is the pressure off you and more on them?

Moyes: I think the pressure is equally balanced because we want to win the game as much as Bayern Munich do. We go into the game knowing that on our day, we are as a good a side as any. We’ve got to show it more often than we have done, but I’ve got great belief in the players – I’ve said that from day one and it hasn’t changed. I get the feeling that they all want to play, the players want to play. Even I can tell in the training by their attitude – they’re saying this is a big game and they all want to play in the big games, that’s what, over the years, players here have wanted to do.

Q. How is Rafael da Silva, is he ruled out? How do you see the battle with Robben and Ribery given that Alexander Buttner will be playing left-back probably instead of Evra? 

Moyes: Well, we have defensive issues, undoubtedly. I won’t be giving out my team today, certainly not to Bayern and certainly not to you either. But we will , as everybody’s well aware, have to make one or two changes.

Q. What do you make of Bayern, David, as a side and what makes you think that you can combat them?

Moyes: Well, Bayern were a very good side last year – won the Champions League and had a good team. And  they’ve looked to try and add to that again this season – new manager. And they’ve continued – we can congratulate them on winning the Bundesliga, and they’re probably the side where most people have looked to recently. We’ve got to go into the game knowing that we have to try and come here, get a good result in the first leg if we can to take it to Germany. And we’ll try and do that.

Q. David, do you see this as a game with the first leg coming here, that you take the game to them and you play an attacking kind of football to try and take something to Germany?

Moyes: Well, its an obvious thing to say but it’s a two-legged game and we have to make sure that the two legs are important, both games. So we have to be mindful that we want to go to Germany with every opportunity of getting through. I think in the first leg, there’s always a little bit of cautiousness, but I think in the end, we’d love to go to Germany with a victory under a belt. If we can do that, it’d set us up nicely for a result.

Q. David, how do you view the tactical battle between you and Guardiola? Because this guy’s won Champions League, the Bundesliga, La Liga. He’s regarded as the best coach in the world, so how do you view the personal battle between yourself and him?

Moyes: I’m really looking forward to coming up against him – it’s the first time I’ve done so. But, I’ve got no doubt I’ll be doing it plenty of times in the future. He’s done incredibly well in the jobs he’s been in. He’s had a year to get himself ready for the Bayern job as well, which I think has helped him. And as I said before, he’s taken over a side that were really good, already the European Champions, but his record up to now has been really good.

Q. David, Shinji has quite an incredible record against Bayern Munich. He played 4 matches and 4 wins. Especially the final match, he scored one and set up one. Is that something positive for tomorrow’s match?

Moyes: Something which we’d seriously consider because Shinji’s a really important player to us, we like him a lot – he gives us something different. And, he’s certainly in our thoughts for tomorrow night’s game.

Q. David, after Arsenal played in Munich, Arsene Wenger described Arjen Robben as a great player but also a great diver. Is that something you’d have to tell your players about?

Moyes: No, we trust our referees to make the right decisions, I think. I’ve faced it many times, I think diving is one of the hardest things for referees to get right. I would’ve recommended for diving, cameras are there pick that out – it would help the referees, that’s my personal view. I wouldn’t want to comment on any individual player, I think its a hard job for the referees but I think they could do with a little bit of help when it comes to that.

Ryan Giggs, 31st March 2014 - Bayern Munich (UCL, H)

Ryan Giggs, 31st March 2014 – Bayern Munich (UCL, H)

Q. Ryan Giggs, I see the game in 1999 in Barcelona. What’s the difference from the Manchester team in 1999 and now 2014?

Giggs: The players, obviously, apart from myself (smiling). So obviously the players are different of both sides but the tradition and the clubs are are still the same – two huge clubs, two great histories and two football teams that play football the correct way. And when Bayern play Man United, its always great spectacle whether it be in the Champions League final or whether it be, like tomorrow, in the quarter-finals – two massive clubs.

Q. Ryan, having played many times against Bayern over the years, how does it feel to come into this game with many neutrals making Bayern clear favourites?

Giggs: Obviously, Bayern are a fantastic team, they’re the holders. And obviously. Pep Guardiola’s took over and added a few new players and they’re a very strong team. And like you say, probably, favourites in most people’s eyes. But, we’re Manchester United and we’re playing at Old Trafford and we’ve seen so many great nights, in Europe especially. So, as players, we don’t see ourselves as underdogs – we see ourselves as Manchester United playing at home in the Champions League and we can’t wait. These are the games you want to be involved in as a player, and we’ll go out there and try to win the game. Its going to be tough, but usually is in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. But, no, we’re confident and looking forward to it.

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.