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A solid foundation

“If you look at us over the last month or so, we have actually been quite solid defensively and it was good to see them do it again [against Norwich]. I thought we defended brilliantly well in the first half and got some great blocks in when it looked as though we were in trouble, so they did really well.”

 - David Moyes

29/12/2013 09:00, Report by Mark Froggatt

Defence is key to form

David Moyes believes defensive solidarity has underpinned United’s impressive form throughout the influential Christmas period.

The Reds have now won six consecutive matches in all competitions, a hugely promising run in which the Barclays Premier League champions have kept four clean sheets and conceded just three goals. 

Moyes, a former central defender himself, is delighted with those statistics and was quick to praise his players when speaking to MUTV following Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. 

“We needed the clean sheet and I thought we defended well. Up until the game at Hull we had been defending really well, we had only conceded one goal in the league game against West Ham. Then we went to Hull and gave two away in 10 minutes. 

“But if you look at us over the last month or so, we have actually been quite solid defensively and it was good to see them [the defenders] do it again. I thought they defended brilliantly well in the first half and they got some great blocks in when it looked as though we were in trouble, so they did really well.”

On a broader note, Moyes has reiterated his view that his improving United side are still capable of winning the title this season. “We have to keep moving on and believing that we are going to catch the teams above us, we have to believe that we are going to go out and win the games. 

“We look more likely to score goals and it looks as if we are creating more. The players are getting the bit between their teeth again and I think they are generally doing much better.” 

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