Moyes calls time on Champions League hopes
For only the fourth time since the inception of the Premier League, thirteen-time title winners Manchester United have lost six games in one season – but with the current tally standing at eight and with thirteen games left to go, there’s still plenty of wiggle room for either a spirited comeback or a few more slip-ups.
February 10th, 2014
So much so in fact that, in his programme notes before the game against Fulham, manager David Moyes conceded that, in terms of challenging for a place in the Champions League, the season could be over for The Red Devils.
“There is no doubt that the ball has not been rolling for us this season and we have not had an even share of the breaks,” wrote Moyes ahead of another disappointing home result, as Fulham nicked a 94th-minute equaliser through Darren Bent to see the bottom-placed Cottagers get a vital point – one which few will have predicted them gaining from this fixture at the start of the season.
The visitors led for an hour before Robin Van Persie and Michael Carrick turned the scoreline on its head with 10 minutes remaining. But some of that residual Fergie Time luck rubbed off on Ferguson’s former first-team coach – now Fulham boss – Rene Meulensteen, as they converted two of their only three meaningful shots on goal into a point despite being soundly dominated throughout the game.
Despite a big result from that draw, Fulham will have to work much harder if they are to retain Premier League status – their next match is a visit from Liverpool while United travel to Arsenal – the latter recipients of a 5-1 thrashing by the former, placing both in very different mindsets as the race for the Premier League title hots up.