Manchester United boss hails blistering start

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Manchester United manager David Moyes praised his side’s first-half performance in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

United raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney inside a 12-minute period - and Moyes thought his players could have made their half-time advantage even more emphatic.

“It was a blistering period," Moyes said in his post-match press conference. “I thought we could have had one or two more.”

The former Everton boss went on to describe this afternoon’s win as an “important victory” for the club - and said that his players must now build on today’s performance going into the matches against Real Sociedad and Arsenal.

Moyes also praised the “great combination play” between Van Persie and Rooney, who both scored and provided an assist each, before stating that Manchester United’s job is to “climb the league table”.

The Manchester United boss also credited his opposite number, Martin Jol, who insisted after the match that he does not fear for his job.

The Dutchman admitted he felt “lonely” after United stormed into a 3-0 lead, but believes Fulham are more than capable of getting themselves out of trouble.

“I know that we are a better team than at least six or seven teams,” Jol commented. “I can’t say that I am a happy customer, but I was really pleased that we came back to 3-1.”

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