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Moyes: United can still finish in top four

ESPN staff
February 13, 2014
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David Moyes insists Manchester United are capable of clawing back an 11-point gap to overhaul Liverpool and finish in the top four after their goalless draw at Arsenal.

United's result and Liverpool's dramatic late 3-2 win at Fulham leaves Moyes' side needing to engineer the greatest ever comeback at this stage of the season to reach the top four.

No team outside the top four has clawed back a gap of more than six points after 26 games to finish inside it since the Premier League had its allocation of Champions League qualification spots extended to four by UEFA in 2001.

United could well have left north London with victory but for a brilliant save from Wojciech Szczesny which pushed a bullet header from Robin van Persie, the former Arsenal skipper, onto the crossbar. Van Persie had also missed a great chance inside a hectic opening period, which also saw Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud head wide from four yards.

United, knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round, now have a training break in Dubai before they resume Premier League action at Crystal Palace on February 22.

"All I can do, and I keep saying it, is we will try and win the next game and pick it up," said Moyes, whose team had drawn 2-2 at home to Fulham on Sunday.

"If there is one club in history who have been great at winning games in the second half of the season and putting pressure on the teams above it is Manchester United. We will continue to try and do that and make it work.

"We can only do our job the best we can. We want to play better. We cannot bother about other teams. We can only put pressure on by winning our games.

"I believe the desire is still there in the squad. I see them and they are great lads. They are fantastic with their training and their commitment is first class.

"You saw how good Vida [Nemanja Vidic] was and how good Rio [Ferdinand] was when he came on. They are a great group of players and a very experienced group of players. They have been winners all of them.

"They all have medals and when you have won you want to win more. They are all still hungry and determined to be successful."

Moyes felt on another night, United could have left north London with all three points.

He said: "I thought we did a lot of good things in the game. We had good shape and were nice and compact. We had some good moments in the game.

"We had a great chance in the opening minute. I thought whoever would have got the first goal it would have been important and we had a great opportunity to get that.

"It [Van Persie's chance] was a great move, A great ball from Wayne Rooney and a great header. The goalie made a great save and near enough pulls it out of the back of the net.

"On another night Robin might have had a hat-trick. He had three good chances."

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