Underfire Manchester United boss David Moyes insists he is still the right man for the job and is still sticking to his long-term plan.
Moyes took over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at the beginning of the season but has since struggled to recreate the success Manchester United experienced under his predecessor.
The Red Devils are 21 points worse off than at the same point last season and face a crucial tie away to Arsenal in the Premier League tonight. Lose and Manchester United risk being cut adrift from the top four.
But despite the mounting pressure on Moyes' shoulders, he insists that he is sticking to his long-term plan and believes he is doing the right things to turn around this dismal form.
“It was always going to take time," Moyes told the Daily Mirror. "There is rebuilding going on year after year here, and we will continue to try to do that.
“I just keep doing the job because I know that we’re doing the right job. We’ll do the same things, we'll make sure things are right - prepare the players well and things will change I have no doubt."
“The supporters have been fantastic. That’s why the right clubs, pick the right managers and the right managers pick the right clubs. You pick clubs where you know is the right place for you.
“That’s why I always hoped and dreamed that Manchester United would come for me - and they did in the end.”
Although Manchester United were always going to struggle to adapt to life without Ferguson, no one predicted that they would be quite so far from the Premier League winning form they experienced last season.
Moyes himself also has little explanation for his side's poor results but insists an increase level of competition in the Premier League isn't helping his cause.
“The improvement in the teams in the Premier League has been big,” said the Scot. “There have been a lot of improvements from sides in the Premier League and obviously we’ve not done as well as we did last year.
“I think there are certain different reasons for it, I don’t think there’s any particular one. I think there’s a combination of different things - the change of manager being one of them. But lots of other things as well.
“We’re trying to see how our results have not been as good as they have been. They should be, and we will continue to look at that. There’s no one person or one thing [to blame]. There are several different things that we’ll look to change or alter, but there’s no one thing.
“I think the players are doing great. I think I’ve got a great group of players. I’m very fortunate I took over the champions and I think the players have been terrific.”
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