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United's Moyes Says Beating Arsenal Was Big

posted 10 Nov 2013, 15:10 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Nov 2013, 15:11 ]

 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (NOVEMBER 10, 2013) (REUTERS) -  Manchester United striker Robin van Persie's soaring first-half header secured a 1-0 win over his old club Arsenal on Sunday (November 10) that pricked the visitors' bubble and thrust the champions back into the Premier League title race.

The Old Trafford defeat checked Arsenal's breakaway and left them with 25 points from 11 matches, two clear of Liverpool who thrashed Fulham 4-0 on Saturday, with United moving up to fifth place on 20.

Arsenal's Old Trafford trip was a litmus test for both sides, with the North Londoners arriving as the form team eager to end years of hurt at United and charge 11 points clear of old rivals under new management.

United manager David Moyes told his post-match news conference it was a big game to win.

"I didn't feel that, never even thought that. Just thought that the most important thing was that we win as many games as we can. So, but I thought that was, it was a big game to win today because Arsenal have been on such good form and you know they've not lost many games. Arsenal have been on a great run themselves. So we showed how well we played in the first half, you know we were very good," said Moyes.

He said he was thrilled with his squad's performance, especially that of the forwards.

"Well I've said it's another step in the right direction for us, you know, but we have got a lot of big steps to take here, you know and it's going to take a while for me to get it all the way I would like it to be, but I just, you know I'm not singing and dancing because we won the game today, but I'm, I'm thrilled because the players put in a great performance, you know the two forwards today - one scoring the winning goal and one making the goal - their performance merited the sort of titles of top players, it really did. In the big games they come up trumps, they really do," said Moyes.

He also reiterated how competitive the Premier League has become.

"I might not have said that a few weeks ago, but generally you know we have had a tough start, but you know, we have also had games we thought might have been easier games. I think the Premier League is proving there is not games like that, you can't go into any of the Premier League games thinking 'this looks like a pretty safe three points'. It's just not -- it's a league which is really competitive, all the managers are well drilled, the players are well coached and you just don't know what, what the outcome can be sometimes."