David Moyes Unimpressed After Derby Defeated

United’s flops were made aware of their shortcomings by their new boss, who says he’ll make sure they react and resume their title challenge.

David Moyes tore into his Manchester United flops after their derby day humiliation.

United slumped to an embarrassing defeat to local rivals City and afterwards Moyes gave his players a blast of former boss Sir Alex Ferguson’s infamous ‘hairdryer’ treatment.

The defeat means United – on seven points – have suffered their worst start to a Premier League campaign since 2004, when they picked up just six points from their first five games.

And Moyes was in no mood to spare his under-performing United players from his anger after revealing he told them their abject display was unacceptable and that he wants a reaction.

“I’ve made them aware of that,” said Moyes. “But if there is ever was a group of players I’d expect that from it would be a group of Manchester United players.

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“I think the way they have been brought up, the way they have been bred with the manager previously, they react, that’s what they do, and that’s what we’ll do here.

“We’ll make sure we react. Every manager has bad results. I’m no different.”

When pushed on his post-match dressing-room blast, Moyes said: “I’ve been here before with Everton and never suffered a defeat like this.

“So I just told the players, in the same way I would have told players at any other club, if I don’t think they’re doing it.

“They’re good players, they’re good pros, they know when they’re bang at it and when they’re not.

“City were the better team, they were stronger, they got control of the game and we found it difficult to contain them.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t perform. There was no reason for us not to perform, but it was one game. There’s plenty of time to come.

“We were second to things, in the first-half especially. We seemed to be a yard behind it and never got to the pace of the game right from the off.

“We had a good result in midweek and we wanted to build on that, but we never got to grips with it.”

After drawing 0-0 with Chelsea at home and losing 1-0 at Liverpool, defeat away to City has increased the pressure on Moyes, 84 days into the United job. United have not scored in open play in the league since the opening day.

“We want to win more of those games,” said Moyes. “We have to do that.

“Maybe if those games are later in the season, I might have a better understanding of all of the players at the club.

“But any manager, given that run of fixtures at this club, would have found it difficult.

“There was no reason for us not to perform well today but it’s one game, there is plenty more to come and plenty of time for us to try to fix it.”

United were without leading striker Robin van Persie, who suffered a thigh strain in training the day before the game.

“Obviously you miss Robin,” said Moyes. “He would be a huge miss to anyone, but I don’t think it is going to be a long one.

“He just felt something in his groin in training. We didn’t want to aggravate it.”

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