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Manchester United boss David Moyes admits he was left perplexed following his side’s shock 2-1 defeat away at struggling Stoke on Saturday.
The clash was the first time that the Red Devils’ faithful have been able to see new record signing Juan Mata start alongside star strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who is priced at 26.00 to be top goalscorer at the World Cup with the Netherlands, but they struggled to find their rhythm at the Britannia Stadium, with Charlie Adam’s brace proving enough for the Potters to seal a surprise win.
The champions’ performance in Tuesday’s win over Cardiff had prompted some pundits to suggest that they were now well and truly back in the running to finish in the Champions League places.
However, Saturday’s defeat has proved a major setback and means it now looks as if they will actually need to win Europe’s biggest club competition if they are to qualify for next season’s tournament, a feat they are currently on offer at 16.00 to achieve.
After seeing his side dominate much of the game in Staffordshire, Moyes has revealed he cannot understand how they did not emerge with all three points, and admits they need to be more clinical in the future.
“I don’t know what we have to do to win,” he told reporters. “I thought we were extremely unlucky; We played well in difficult conditions but we have lost to one wicked deflection and one ‘worldie’.
“But we should have been out of sight with the amount of opportunities and chances we created.”