The Red Devils’ boss, speaking ahead of this weekend’s north-west derby in his pre-match press conference, conceded that his under-performing side will be the underdogs against second-placed Liverpool.
"They may well be favourites,” the Scot, who has endured a difficult debut season at Old Trafford, told reporters. “Their league position suggests they are ahead of us and they possibly do come here as favourites."
Liverpool currently boast an 11-point lead over the reigning Premier League champions but, while Moyes may be accurate in his assessment, his defeatist comments are unlikely to go down well with the club’s supporters ahead of a derby match with so much riding on it.
United fans watched on as their team suffered a 1-0 defeat at Anfield in September - and things have no exactly picked up since then. However, the Red Devils did manage to produce a convincing 3-0 victory away at West Brom last weekend, and Moyes will be hoping that his side can pick up from where they left off at the Hawthorns.
There was more positive news for Moyes and Manchester United on Thursday night, when star striker Robin van Persie announced that he is happy working under Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Old Trafford. But Moyes runs the risk of the United faithful turning against him if his side slip up against the old enemy Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.