Moyes out on a limb after criticising players

Last Updated: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:01

David Moyes defended the way he set up his United side for Sunday's 2-2 draw with Fulham and accused his players of 'mental softness'.

The Old Trafford manager did not shield his under-performing stars from blame as Fulham substitute Darren Bent grabbed a stoppage-time equaliser after United had laboured for 80 minutes to break through a stubborn visitors' defence.

The result leaves United nine points adrift of the top four and in real danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League next season for the first time in 19 years.

His team have now dropped 18 points at home and asked if he ever expected the season to be as bad, Moyes said: "Probably not. It's been a bit like that this season. But today was as bad as it gets.

"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.

"But it is goals that count. You can have as much possession as you like. We should have scored more."

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen, the champions' former first-team coach discarded by Moyes, twisted the knife by describing United as too predictable.

The Reds enjoyed 75 per cent of possession, made 31 attempts on goal and sent over 81 crosses, but Meulensteen thought they lacked imagination.

"When I saw Manchester United today I thought the gameplan was quite straight forward - get it wide, get it in," he said.

"Whether it was from the full-back pushing on or the supporting wide man and midfielder, they put crosses in from wide angles from outside the box. But we defended fantastically well."

Moyes said United lacked precision with their deliveries, but refused to admit that there was no variety in his side's play.

"I did think we could have taken a bit more care with some of our crosses, some of our deliveries into the box," he said. "But overall we kept knocking at the door and we got a couple but it wasn't enough."

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