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23/10/2013 08:26, Report by Ben Hibbs

Possession is power in Europe

David Moyes wants better possession and a more consistent performance from his players as the Reds seek to assert some dominance on Champions League Group A with victory over Real Sociedad on Wednesday night.

The United boss has been pleased and frustrated by patchy form from his team so far this season, and he believes that retaining possession is key to ironing out any inconsistencies in the Reds’ performances.

Asked at his pre-match press conference what he would like to improve, Moyes said: “Results, obviously. We want to improve on our performance too. We gave the ball away too much in our last game [against Southampton]. We have to do better when we have the ball in our possession.”

That’s not to say Moyes is completely dissatisfied by what he has seen so far this season, but he just wants to build on the better elements. “We've had periods of good play but not continually through a game,” he added. “It's something we're working on.

“We're trying to improve all the time. There have been moments of play which have been excellent and a couple of inches one way or another and we may have scored some more goals. We have to hope that turns for us. But we also have to keep working hard to make sure it does.”

However, just because Real Sociedad currently sit bottom of Group A it doesn’t mean they are pushovers.

“Real Sociedad are here because they finished in the top four in Spain, which is a great achievement,” said the Reds boss. “We have great respect for them for that. Maybe we'd have liked to have start the season a bit better and they'll come here trying to do well. So we know it will be a difficiult game. I'm sure they're expecting a difficult match as well.”

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