David Moyes has told his Manchester United team that they must put their tough start behind them by winning their next five Premier League games.
Manchester United have got off to a slow start to their Premier League title defence mainly thanks to a run of games that has seen them face Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the opening five games.
Two losses and a draw against the aforementioned teams has left United sitting in a disappointing eighth place, five points of the pace of top placed Arsenal.
However, today's home game against West Brom signals the start of a run of games that look much easier on paper and Moyes has challenged his team to win them all.
“We will try to take maximum points but you can never take that for granted,” said Moyes to reporters.
“Because of the derby defeat we wanted to get our points total in the Premier League better. We have to use every game and pick up the points. That’s what Manchester United have done over the years and I will try and do the same.”
Starting with the home tie against Steve Clarke's side, United will then face managerless Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke and Fulham before rivals Arsenal visit Old Trafford on November 10. Moyes is looking for United to be top of the table by that time.
The Manchester United boss has also come to the defence of his summer signing Marouane Fellaini after the midfielder was criticised for his display in the Manchester derby.
Fellaini joined the club in a £27.5m deal in what represented a reunion for Moyes, who had originally brought him to England whilst at Everton.
Moyes says that Fellaini wasn't the only one who had a bad game in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.
“The game passed several of our players by, not just Marouane,” said Moyes. “It would be wrong to pick just one out.
“When I took him from Everton he looked a little bit short and not as sharp as I wanted him to be. He made a good start against Bayer Leverkusen but I felt he just needed a little bit more sharpening up.
“Ideally I didn’t want to rush him too quickly but the way it came around with the derby, I felt he would be needed in the game.
“But it certainly wasn’t just him who didn’t come up to scratch. When you’ve only played two games for the club it’s difficult to make a judgement on anybody.
“I don’t know how people saw Yaya Toure after his first two games for Manchester City.”