Manchester United F.C. job harder than I thought, says David Moyes

It is only 10 months since Alex Ferguson stepped down as manager after overseeing the club's 20th league title triumph, and David Moyes admits that the pace of Manchester United's decline has taken him by surprise.

updated: March 17, 2014 10:21 IST
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Manchester: Manchester United manager David Moyes conceded that he was finding his job harder than he could have ever envisaged after a chastening 3-0 home defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool. The loss on Sunday was United's ninth of the Premier League campaign -- five of which have come at home -- and carried echoes of the 4-1 humiliation at Manchester City in September that foreshadowed the club's current struggles.

The defending champions mustered just one shot on target in the entire game, while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claimed with some justification that his side "could have scored five or six".

In the end the visitors had to content themselves with a brace of Steven Gerrard penalties and a late Luis Suarez strike. Gerrard squandered a chance to complete a rare hat-trick of penalties when he sent a third spot-kick against the post, but the scoreline was still enough for United striker Wayne Rooney to brand it "one of the worst days I've ever had in football".

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