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“It was always going to take time”

rp_stoke-200x200.jpgDavid Moyes has insisted that he’s the right man for the job at Manchester United, despite the horrendous season the Reds have so far endured and the United manager has warned that it was “always going to take time” to rebuild the team he was left with by Sir Alex Ferguson.

With United now resigned to miss out on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, next summer’s transfer window could define the club’s medium and long term future, given that United will have to replace the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra as well as – hopefully – signing a midfielder or two.

Moyes was keen to make those things clear at yesterday’s press conference, where he almost appeared to be feeling the strain for the first time this season.

“I was given a six-year contract because it was a long-term deal.

“It was always going to take time. There is rebuilding going on year after year here, and we will continue to try to do that,” said Moyes.

“I just keep doing the job because I know that we’re doing the right job. We’ll do the same things, we’ll make sure things are right – prepare the players well and things will change I have no doubt.

“The supporters have been fantastic. That’s why the right clubs, pick the right managers and the right managers pick the right clubs. You pick clubs where you know is the right place for you,” explained the United manager.

“That’s why I always hoped and dreamed that Manchester United would come for me – and they did in the end.”

14 points off tonight’s opponents Arsenal, nine points adrift fourth-placed Liverpool and 21 points worse off the last night are numbers that make for some disappointing reading, but Moyes said that it’s impossible to point the finger to the cause of United’s dismal season, purely because there are different factors that have contributed to it.

“The improvement in the teams in the Premier League has been big,” explained Moyes. “There have been a lot of improvements from sides in the Premier League and obviously we’ve not done as well as we did last year.

“I think there are certain different reasons for it, I don’t think there’s any particular one. I think there’s a combination of different things – the change of manager being one of them. But lots of other things as well.

“We’re trying to see how our results have not been as good as they have been. They should be, and we will continue to look at that. There’s no one person or one thing [to blame]. There are several different things that we’ll look to change or alter, but there’s no one thing,” said the United manager.

“I think the players are doing great. I think I’ve got a great group of players. I’m very fortunate I took over the champions and I think the players have been terrific.”