Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has insisted that his team are "angry" and "hurt" by yesterday's FA Cup defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford, but believes that the players should shoulder the blame for their indifferent campaign to date.
United slipped to their fifth home defeat of the campaign in the third-round tie on Sunday, with a late Wilfried Bony strike condemning the Red Devils to a 2-1 loss at the Theatre of Dreams.
Moyes is under considerable pressure just six months into his United tenure with home wins difficult to come by, but Fletcher thinks that the same players that romped to the Premier League title last term have simply not been good enough and should be held accountable.
Fletcher told The Telegraph: "It’s a massive blow, let’s not kid ourselves here. This is a really bad result, and there are a lot of angry, hurt players.
“We feel we have let the manager and the fans and everyone down today by losing and it’s not good enough and we’re going to have to raise our performance levels.
“We’re letting the fans down but, to be fair to them, they are really sticking by us, and that’s great to see as well.
“We’ve got to repay that and I think the players saw that coming off the pitch on Sunday."
United fans and players have little time to dwell on the Swansea defeat as a swift return to action looms large tomorrow night, with a trip to Sunderland for the first leg of a League Cup semi-final on the agenda.
Fletcher played 90 minutes against Swansea as he continues to battle back to full fitness, and may keep his place for the Sunderland clash with United options limited by a growing injury list which now includes Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.
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