Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

NOW IT'S ICE COLD IN CARRINGTON! ; Under-Fire United Boss Moyes Puts the Freeze on His Critics as He Plots . .Emirates Fightback

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

NOW IT'S ICE COLD IN CARRINGTON! ; Under-Fire United Boss Moyes Puts the Freeze on His Critics as He Plots . .Emirates Fightback

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UNITED will swap the red-hot Emirates for warm Dubai but the temperature was decidedly frosty at David Moyes' pre-Arsenal press conference.

Premier League managers and ex-Red captain Roy Keane have rallied round the under siege United manager. But after the champion's late blow up against Fulham in Sunday's 2-2 Old Trafford draw the critics and a growing number of fans are piling in on Moyes.

With the title-holders now out of the race and clinging on to a flimsy chance of the top four, the visit to Arsenal is a major match for the Reds boss.

However, with the questions surrounding United's form mounting in intensity and ex-boss Sir Alex Ferguson's lieutenant Rene Meulensteen wading in with a damning verdict that United's record 81 crosses into the box against his side at the weekend were "straightforward" tactics and "easy" to defend against, Moyes cut a tetchy figure at his media conference.

Away from the TV cameras in a seperate conference for newspapers Moyes was asked, "Are you really finding out now David that no matter what you do during a game as Manchester United manager, if you don't win you'll just get criticised? "People say you had 81 crosses but that means you're not playing the right way, you should be playing through the middle? Whatever you do, if you don't win you'll get it in the neck?" Moyes replied: "Well whatever you do, you need to have a football intelligence, a football brain to understand that first of all. You have to be able to know that if teams impact the middle then the space would be wide where you would go and try and pick out team-mates.

"If we'd played the game and had no crosses we'd have been criticised for not crossing the ball.

We played on a one-way street. There was only one team who came to win."

"Was there the odd ulterior motive with those comments then?" "Well I don't know. I can only tell you what I felt. But you are the people, you've watched it yourselves, so it was probably a game for you to write how badly Manchester United had done rather than what the opposition played like."

Moyes was then asked if he could explain why they're 21 points worse off now than at this stage last season but with virtually the same group of players. …

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