Moyes turns attention to Bayern, thinks result could turn season
Manchester United manager David Moyes believes a good result against Bayern Munich on Tuesday could be the turning point of a difficult season.
Another tough week for the Scot ended on a high note on Saturday as United rallied from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 4-1 at Old Trafford courtesy of a brace from Wayne Rooney and goals from Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez.
Bayern won the Bundesliga last week with seven games to spare, but Moyes sees the Champions League quarter-final as an opportunity to ease some of the pain that has been caused by a disappointing campaign.
"It’s been a difficult season for us but we can go a long way to doing an awful lot better if we can get a result on Tuesday," the United boss said.
"The players are incredibly focused and I am really looking forward to the game."
If the fans who clubbed together the £840 for the ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’ banner thought the stunt would trigger open dissent towards Moyes, then they guessed wrong.
The home fans inside Old Trafford booed when the plane appeared and Moyes’ name was sung on a few occasions, particularly in the second half when it became apparent that United were going to win by a considerable margin.
"The majority of people are very supportive," Moyes said. "They understand the job we are doing. We know we have a big job to do here and we are determined to put it right."
Moyes’ biggest signing since he took over at Old Trafford, Juan Mata, put on his best display in a United shirt on Saturday.
Robin van Persie’s injury means Mata has been shifted from the right into the number 10 position where he excelled at Chelsea.
Mata won successive player of the year awards at the London club because of his exploits in that position and from his exploits against Villa, it is easy to see why.
The Spaniard linked well with Rooney, Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa as part of a dynamic front four, and he got the goal he deserved in the second half by prodding home Marouane Fellaini’s pass to make it 3-1.
The 25-year-old scored 32 goals in his final two seasons at Chelsea and now he hopes to notch many more for his current employers.
"It felt very good to score," Mata told MUTV. "It’s taken a few games but I felt that it was coming.
"I feel very happy and very grateful to the fans who were supporting me. I will try to score as many as I can between now and the end of the season, and hopefully it is the first of many in my Manchester United career."