Why Moyes Is Right to Be Satisfied with Result
Manager David Moyes had this to say after the 1-1 result in Donbass Arena:
It was a good point in the Champions League coming here, they've got a great record against English teams here. The team stood up well tonight, they got a good goal early doors and I thought we looked as if we were going to stop them scoring; we defended very well.
After a terrible start to the Premier League season, fans are starting to lose faith in the new manager. Last year's champions are currently 12th in the table thanks to only two wins and one draw in six matches.
The club's last two league matches were particularly embarrassing. A blowout 4-1 loss to Manchester City was followed by a home loss to West Brom as one of the lowest points in Old Trafford in a long time.
It would be understandable for Moyes to claim a draw as a good thing to make himself look better. However, that's not what's happening in this case.
Will Manchester United reach the Champions League knockout stage?
United entered an imposing environment Wednesday and saw some success where few others have seen any. Fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Chelsea have lost at Donbass Arena in Champions League play since 2010.
Even Borussia Dortmund could only force a draw last season en route to its appearance in the tournament final.
To make things tougher, Manchester United was shorthanded without two of its most productive players on the roster. Wayne Rooney—who had two goals and an assist in the last UCL match—was out with a shin injury. Rio Ferdinand was also left off the roster due to a groin injury.
Still, the club found a way to earn a point on the road.
If Moyes' club can avoid a letdown, it will stay in great position to finish among the top two in the group and advance to the knockout stage. The squad would likely be able to win the group if it can get a win against Shakhtar when they come to Old Trafford on Dec. 10.
In reality, the draw was an important one and was not easy to earn. Danny Welbeck was among those who were proud of the effort:
Welbeck reaction: "In the end it was a decent result, we got the goal and went ahead early, and made ourselves hard to beat." #mufc— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2013
While things have not gone according to plan in EPL play, United can be satisfied about how things are going in Champions League.
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