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Moyes seeks answers from slumping United

David Moyes has demanded Manchester United stop their season from spiralling out of control when the struggling champions face Newcastle on Saturday.

sports Updated: Dec 07, 2013 01:05 IST

David Moyes has demanded Manchester United stop their season from spiralling out of control when the struggling champions face Newcastle on Saturday.

United manager Moyes endured a dispiriting evening at Old Trafford on Wednesday as his former club Everton stole a 1-0 victory thanks to a late goal from Bryan Oviedo. The shock defeat left Moyes' men languishing in ninth place in the Premier League and trailing leaders Arsenal by 12 points.

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It was the latest setback in a troubled start to Scot's reign following his appointment as Alex Ferguson's successor and left their hopes of retaining the title hanging by a slender thread.

United have already lost four times in the league this term after losing just five matches in the entire 38-game campaign last season, prompting some critics to claim the Scot is out of his depth at Old Trafford.

Disappointed
But Moyes remains convinced United can salvage a traumatic campaign if they get back on track quickly. "I am really disappointed, but we go again, keep going and move on to the next game," Moyes told MUTV.

"That is the good thing here, there are always more games. We just didn't reach the standards we would have hoped to (against Everton), but we have a chance to go again."

Chelsea travel to Stoke, with Frank Lampard warning his team-mates not to get complacent after back to back victories over Southampton and Sunderland.

Manchester City, six points behind Arsenal in third place, travel to Southampton, who have slipped to eighth after three successive defeats.

Fourth placed Liverpool, who host West Ham, look a strong contender to qualify for the Champions League after demolishing Norwich 5-1 in midweek.