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Moyes: Man Utd are mentally soft

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By Andrew Tuft

Monday 10 February 2014

Manchester United manager David Moyes has suggested his players are ‘mentally soft’ after conceding a stoppage time equaliser to Fulham, the Premier League’s bottom side, Sky Sports has reported.

David Moyes

Fulham took a first-half lead through Steve Sidwell and then employed a rear guard action to defend the advantage as United threw crosses into the penalty area. United eventually drew level through Robin van Persie and shortly after went in front via a deflected Michael Carrick strike.

But Fulham snatched an equaliser through Darren Bent to leave United nine points adrift of fourth-place Liverpool and 15 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Moyes was asked if he could have predicted the poor form of the team after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson last summer. “"Probably not. It's been a bit like that this season but today was as bad as it gets,” the former Everton boss replied.

“You could say that it was maybe mental softness that we didn't see the job out. I would agree with that.

“We dominated the game. Being one down was bad enough. The amount of attempts, chances and play we had was unbelievable. How we didn't win I have no idea.

“You can have as much possession as you like. We should have scored more. You've got to try to keep making it work. The players tried that and eventually the goals did come.

“Even when it was 2-1 and they put up five minutes of added time, Fulham never came up the pitch, they left us with the ball, so it was nearly a case of just playing out time, but we gave away a diabolical second goal.”

Moyes added that United will ‘do their best’ to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

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