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Moyes: 'Won't be long' to restore United

Manchester United manager David Moyes has predicted it 'won't be too long' before his club are challenging for the top honours in the game once again.

Moyes has fallen a long way short of his targets in a turbulent first season as United boss, with his side's Premier League title defence floundering many months ago and their interest in both domestic cup competitions ending in surprising fashion at Old Trafford.

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The Scottish tactician now faces a crucial few days in his United career, with Liverpool's trip to Old Trafford on Sunday followed by a Champions League last-16 clash against Olympiakos next Wednesday, where the home side will look to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit.

While some observers are hailing these next two games could be make-or-break for Moyes, the United manager is keeping a cool head, after suggesting it is a matter of time before the good times roll once more at his club.

"We will regroup and get ourselves back together and hopefully it won't be too long," he is quoted in several newspapers.

"Positive results [in the next two games] would make a big, big difference if we could do that and we will try and do so. People could change their views, but I can only take one game at a time.

David Moyes remains optimistic entering a cruicial stretch in his tenure at Manchester United.

"Old Trafford [performances] have been our problem. It is there we need to pick ourselves up and play better. This is a great team with great players, but we're working to alter certain things.

"You know what we are. We are a work in progress, but I hope we can show what we are capable of in those games. We are capable of winning those games. The players have shown it to me recently. Definitely with the exception of Olympiakos game I think we have played quite well.

"The introduction of Juan Mata, for example, and making sure we get the best from Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie together. Overall we won't change the traditions, the style, what's expected here at Manchester United."

Moyes earlier suggested that Liverpool go into Sunday's game against United as favourites, but he insisted the idea of derailing the Reds surprise title challenge is not his chief motivation this weekend.

"These games against Liverpool are big, no matter what," he added.

"It's massively important for the supporters and it's important to us, because we want to keep clawing the points back and see what position we can get ourselves into.

"My biggest goal is not affecting Liverpool's title challenge, my biggest goal is to get Manchester United winning the title. That's my goal and will be my goal every year I'm in the job. Will it be to stop others winning the league? No, that won't mean much to me."

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