Manchester United manager David Moyes says he pleased with Wednesday’s goalless draw at Arsenal, but admits their is a lot of catching up to do for the champions.
Arsenal failed to bounce right back to the top of the Premier League table after an uneventful stalemate at the Emirate Stadium.
Both sides missed a flurry of chances in the opening and closing stages of the tie and, in the end were good to have avoided defeat with the ‘Gunners’ and ‘Red Devils’ retaining their second and seventh positions respectively.
Moyes, whose side would have loved to close the gap on fourth-placed Liverpool, are now 11 points behind the ‘Reds’, who secured a 3-2 win at Fulham. He admits the club will have to get back to winning ways.
“We have a lot of catching up to do. We have to win games and keep plugging away,” said Moyes.
Bouncing back from last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw at home to Fulham could have topped the Scots’ agenda prior to kick-off, however; ending the game without a heartbreak- especially in a match where two late attempts from Santi Cazola kept David de Gea fully alert- passed for an improved fortune for Moyes.
“I am pleased but I wanted all three points,” added Moyes, who is yet to win a game at Arsenal in his managerial career.
“Arsenal are having a great season, so it is not a bad draw for us.”
A late Darren Bent leveler denied United all three points against the Cottagers at Old Trafford last Sunday, after Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick had helped them stage a comeback.
The manager continued: “The way my luck was going I expected Mesut Ozil to score with a free-kick at the end. I am quite pleased with a lot of things we did.
“Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were very good. They showed all their experience.
“I do not like talking about luck. But you hope it turns around.
“The last couple of games we have had Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie back. The record with the two of them has been very good.