Manchester United manager puts Bayern Munich defeat down to schoolboy errors
David Moyes claims his team can get back into the Champions League after a one season hiatus
April 10th, 2014
Manchester United took a surprise lead at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night thanks to a Patrice Evra howitzer, although the Frenchman’s goal was quickly cancelled out by Mario Mandzukic before goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben ensured that Bayern Munich will line up at the semi-final stage of the competition.
For the Red Devils, there is the prospect of no Champions League football for the first time since the 1995-6 season, with David Moyes’ team potentially missing out on the Europa League although some supporters will point to Liverpool’s absence from Europe this term and say it could be a good thing for their club.
Moyes lamented the schoolboy errors that allowed Bayern to come from behind to win on Wednesday night, with the team momentarily switching off after taking the lead through Evra.
However, he believes himself capable of a rebuilding job which can see the club return to the top four places of the Premier League next term.
“If you are a schoolboy you get told that if you score, make sure you don’t concede right away,” he said. “We didn’t do an awful lot wrong tonight but it was just a couple of sloppy errors. The only crime was conceding a goal [so soon] after we had scored. That was the biggest crime.”
“I do also think that I have a team full of experienced players and it is the sort of the thing you learn as a schoolboy that once you score a goal make sure you don’t concede and be in your position and do your job.
“We won’t have Champions League football [next season] but I don’t think it is far away,” he said. “We need to rebuild, and our focus now is to get a team that can get back in this competition. My job is just to get on with it. [This] is disappointing but the focus now is that we get a team ready to get back in there. It’s a great competition, we’ve really enjoyed it and we need to get back in it.”