Manchester United fixture list irritates Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has criticised the Premier League fixture list, stating that he finds his club’s start to the season “hard to believe”.

He told BBC reporters: “I think it's the hardest start for 20 years that Manchester United have had.

"I hope it's not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year [that] the fixtures have been made much more difficult.

"I find it hard to believe that's the way the balls came out of the bag, that's for sure."

United play Chelsea at home and Manchester City and Liverpool away among their first five games. 

A Premier League spokesman stated that Moyes had made them aware of his concerns directly, stating: "We have absolutely assured him (Moyes) the process is random and above board. He has accepted those assurances."

Moyes officially took charge of United on July 1 after Sir Alex Ferguson retired after 27 successful years with the club. 

The former Everton manager won his first piece of silverware with his new club with a 2-0 victory against Wigan last week in the Charity Shield last week. United begin their Premier League title defence away at Swansea, with games against Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Manchester City to follow.

Last season’s runners-up Manchester City play two newly-promoted clubs early on, with matches against Cardiff and Hull following their opener against Newcastle.

In their five opening fixtures, Chelsea will be facing Hull, Aston Villa, United, Everton and Fulham.

Aside from a difficult derby against Tottenham, Arsenal will face Aston Villa, Fulham, Sunderland and Stoke.

Meanwhile, Moyes did not reveal if Wayne Rooney, who has been subject of two bids from Chelsea, would be playing in Saturday’s opening fixture at Swansea.

Rooney, 27, missed Sunday’s Community Shield win due to a shoulder injury, but was in England’s starting line-up in the international friendly victory over Scotland on Wednesday, before being substituted for debutant and match-winner Rickie Lambert.

Moyes, who was at the game to watch Rooney and his United teammates Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly, told reporters: "It was great for Wayne to get fitness and he played for 65 minutes or so, so overall I was really pleased with the outcome.

"Hopefully when I get back to Old Trafford I will be able to tell you how he is and how his fitness is so. Until I assess that I can't say any more."


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