Manchester United manager David Moyes remained defiant after losing 3-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this afternoon - insisting that the Premier League champions are not in crisis.
The Scot, who has found life tough at Old Trafford since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, did however admit that he faces a “massive challenge”.
"This is a project I know I am going to improve,” he told reporters after the match. “I hoped I would be in a better position than this but I’m not.”
Moyes bemoaned his side’s defending from set-pieces - and insisted that this was the only major difference between the two teams.
“Between the boxes, we played well today,” Moyes added. “We certainly didn’t deserve to be a goal down.
“We didn’t score when the opportunities came and we didn’t defend well enough.
“We didn’t defend set pieces well and that was probably the difference in the game.”
Moyes conceded that his side probably didn’t deserve a penalty when Cesar Azpilicueta appeared to foul Danny Welbeck inside the box: “I think it would have been a soft one,” he continued.
While he felt that his captain Nemanja Vidic was unlucky to have been shown a straight red card.
“I though Vidic wasn’t a sending off,” Moyes added, “but I think [Rafael’s] could have been.”
Moyes concluded by saying that “the job is to try and finish first” in the Premier League table - and that he is now focused on trying to overturn the 2-1 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat against Sunderland this week.