The boss returned to his high-flying former club hoping the Reds could get a result to help spark a strong finish to a disappointing campaign. Ultimately, he was left further frustrated that his players couldn’t find the killer instinct to match some positive possession play.
“We gave away two terrible goals,” Moyes admitted. “But I thought prior to that we passed the ball brilliantly well. We kept the ball and had great control of the game. What we couldn’t do was create enough chances. They were two poor goals to give away, both on the break.
“We didn’t have a final through-pass or the final finish when the [chances] came, and there weren’t very many of them. So that was the disappointing part, that we couldn’t do that. The job is to win football matches. There is a lot talked about style, but it’s more important to win, and we didn’t do that.”
Moyes had no arguments about the penalty decision that led to Leighton Baines’ opener, as Phil Jones handled Romelu Lukaku’s shot inside the area. Everton’s second also came on the counter-attack after United surrendered possession.
“I think Everton played a similar game against Arsenal, when they got a result the other week,” Moyes added on Sky Sports. “The position of Lukaku allows them to counter-attack.”