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David Moyes let down by whole team

September 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

David Moyes has said Manchester United must improve in all areas if they are to return to winning ways.

United suffered a shock 2-1 loss at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with their midfield coming in for particular criticism as the visitors exploited the space afforded to them.

But Moyes has said the whole team must improve, as they plan for Wednesday's trip to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

"There were lots of things that disappointed me," Moyes said in the Mirror. "I don't think the midfield was just the one department where you'd say we were lacking. I think it would be unfair to say it was any [specific area].

"It was the whole thing, we were lacklustre in nearly all the areas. So we've got to try and work on it and improve. We've just not played that well. We should be scoring more from open play.

"What surprised me is that I felt, with the amount of possession we had in the first half, we didn't go on to create enough opportunities.

"But I was also disappointed in that, from a game we controlled and in the main had the majority of the ball, we allowed ourselves to give them quite easy chances against us."

Meanwhile, former United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele has said it was "brave" of Moyes to make changes to the existing coaching setup at Old Trafford, after he chose to bring in his own personnel.

Steele is quoted by the Sun as saying: "He spoke to me, Mick [Mike Phelan] and Rene [Meulensteen]. I told him I thought it was a brave decision. He listened to the manager's advice but he wanted to be his own man."

He added: "I didn't want to leave. Why would I? I knew that David was coming in and wondered who he'd bring.

"You had the United perspective -- the manager saying, ‘Keep what we've got, keep the continuity, work with them and they'll guide you through. You're taking on a massive machine here. You've gone from Marks and Spencer's to Harrods.'

"Then there's David's viewpoint, which I understand. I know him professionally. I know his work ethic, his hands-on approach. I don't blame him for doing what he did. I've been in the game long enough to know how it is.

"But it's ironic, isn't it? You've just been part of a team that has had a great season and won the league. David De Gea's had his best season. Does it make sense that you're not retained to continue the good work? Sadly, that's out of my hands."

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