Man Utd boss Moyes expects tight Premier League title fight

Manchester United manager David Moyes has predicted a close-run Premier League title race, BBC Sport has reported, after the defending champions beat league leaders Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

A Robin van Persie goal separated the sides at full-time, with the Gunners’ lead over United cut to five points. United are fifth with second-place Liverpool two points adrift of Arsene Wenger’s team, and Moyes feels the table will only get tighter as the season goes on.

I don’t think anyone’s going to run away with it,” he said. “I think there [will be] a lot of ups and downs. It’s a close-run league this year. There will be a few shocks,” the former Everton boss added.

The defeat was Arsenal’s first in the league since the opening weekend reverse against Aston Villa and United’s first league clean sheet since mid-September, with Moyes adding no side should expect to have it all their own way for the rest of the season. “We have got a lot of big steps to take here and it is going to take me a while to get it all the way I want it to be,” he said.

We are going to get a few bloody noses along the way but the league has shown that a few other clubs will be getting them as well,” Moyes added. “ But Manchester United were champions last year and there’s a lot of people [who have] written them off very quickly – which is fine – but hopefully come the end of the season we will not be too far away from it.

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