David Moyes insists his Manchester United players are “desperate” to bounce back from Tuesday's defeat to Manchester City with a positive performance against Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
The Reds were beaten 3-0 by Manuel Pellegrini’s men to halt any momentum that was gained by the preceding wins against Olympiacos and West Ham. While speaking to the media on Friday, the boss was clear when explaining his hopes for Villa.
“We didn’t play well in midweek and it was disappointing but going into the game, we’d played well against Olympiacos and against West Ham,” Moyes told reporters. “So going into the game against Aston Villa I’d like to get more of the West Ham performance rather than the midweek one.
“The players know exactly what it is to play for Manchester United – they know the standards they have to set. But they’re hurting as well as me and are desperate to put it right. And hopefully when we get to the game against Villa, they can show that.”
Saturday’s match is followed by Tuesday's Champions League tie with Bayern Munich and, understandably, Moyes wants to boost morale ahead of that occasion: “We go into the Villa game knowing that we want to go into the Munich game in good fettle.
“We’re looking forward to it because we played really well at West Ham and if we can follow up with a similar performance, I’ll be more than happy. Then we play against maybe the best team in Europe in midweek, which we’re looking forward to.”
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