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LVG defends Di Maria over poor form

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Moyes bemoans 'transitional period'

Manager David Moyes is confident Manchester United will come out of their transitional period stronger after they suffered their second home defeat in four days -- 1-0 against Newcastle.

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United were beaten by his former club Everton on Wednesday night as United have collected just two points from their last four Premier League games.

The United boss admitted his side did not take their chances at Old Trafford on Saturday but he believes, with some hard work, the results will come. Moyes said: "I'm disappointed with the result. I think we needed a bit of luck to go for us and opportunities to take them a bit better for us and that didn't happen.

"We've lacked a little bit of creativity at the right times and when we've a chance to win some passes but not quite made them. We've lost the two games 1-0 and both have probably been slightly against the run of play we've lost them and that happens, we have to expect that here.

"So we have to create more chances and more opportunities and play better. That's the way to do it. There will be (light at the end of the tunnel) because it is that transitional period which was always going to be the case. We hoped that it wouldn't be quite as poor as it has been in the last few games but hopefully we'll get that right.''

The 50-year-old Scot admitted he knew it would be tough taking Sir Alex Ferguson's role as manager over the summer, and he is confident the club can improve their results and be near the top of the table come the end of the season. United remain ninth in the table and are presently 12 points adrift of leaders Arsenal and five behind Liverpool, who occupy the final Champions League place.

"When I came here I knew it wasn't always going to be easy and it's proving that way,'' Moyes said. "I stand firm that we'll be very close to it (the title race) and I hope we're in and around it when it comes to the end of the season.''

Moyes added that he was adamant he won’t panic buy in January -- despite Manchester United’s struggles.

United have been linked with players such as Ander Herrera, Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus and Miralem Pjanic and Moyes has confirmed he wants to strengthen in the January transfer window. But he was often slow to spend at Everton and believes his cautious approach at Goodison Park paid dividends there and said that explains why he won’t rush in for the wrong players.

He told the British Sunday newspapers: “If we think it's right for the club we will do so. If not we will look again in the summer.

“I tend to take my time and try to assess what are the best talents to bring in. You can see from the players I brought in at Everton - the other night you would say they were all very good choices!

“In any transfer window you don't want to be bringing in a full batch of players. I don't think I'll feel under pressure personally to do it [buy] as I'll try to do the right things.”

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