Belfast Telegraph

Five wins in-a-row doesn't count as a run for Moyes


David Moyes believes his Manchester United side are starting to show their true character after a never-say-die performance at Hull kept the Red Devils' winning run going.

Moyes endured a tough start to life at Old Trafford and was beginning to feel the heat when back-to-back losses against Newcastle and Everton saw the Premier League champions slip well off the title pace.

But things have picked up throughout December and United have now won five on the trot in all competitions, including Boxing Day's 3-2 success at the KC Stadium.

"I never doubted us," said Moyes. "I think that tells you what Manchester United have got and hopefully it tells you a bit about David Moyes as well.

"Hopefully my teams have always been committed to trying to win games of football.

"After being 2-0 down, to get back to 2-2 was terrific, but I actually felt a bit disappointed to not be winning 3-2 by half-time because we had a few chances to do something more."

Moyes must find a new right-back for today's trip to Norwich after Rafael sustained a groin injury in the first half against Hull and is unlikely to be fit after just a day's rest. Antonio Valencia, who dropped back from midfield to cover the position, is suspended after being sent off in injury time.

The likeliest solution involves switching Chris Smalling from centre-half and bringing Nemanja Vidic back into the starting XI, but Moyes is not worrying about the reshuffle.

"I'll find a right-back, we have a big squad," said the Scot.

"We've plenty of players and plenty who can play on Saturday."

The former Everton boss is already enjoying his best run of results as United boss and a sixth successive victory at Carrow Road would give the distinct appearance of a team on a roll.

Moyes, though, was playing down such talk.

"I think all the games at this time of year are difficult to call," he said. "I expect Norwich to be another hard game.

"I think at this club you're waiting on winning more games than this and then you might talk about being on a run.

"We'll just try and win the next one and see what happens."

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