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Manchester United boss David Moyes believes his side can still challenge for the Premier League title despite falling 12 points adrift of league leaders Arsenal after being beaten 1-0 at home by Everton.
The Red Devils have dropped to ninth in the table and are finding it hard to keep pace with the frontrunners in the division. United have played 14 games this term and have picked up six wins, four draws and four losses under the Scot.
Moyes always imagined it was going to be a tough fixture against his former employers, although the Toffees had not recorded a win at Old Trafford during his 11-year spell as Goodison boss.
Roberto Martinez’s side have steadily improved as the campaign has progressed and he was able to succeed where his predecessor had failed by delivering an away victory against the champions for the first time since 1992.
Bryan Oviedo has recently been handed his chance in the side due to the absence of Manchester United target Leighton Baines who is missing with an ankle injury.
The Costa Rican has grasped his opportunity with both hands and has now netted twice in two outings, with the most important strike coming after 85 minutes to seal the 1-0 victory at the Theatre of Dreams.
Despite the defeat, Moyes remains confident that his squad will start to find some consistency sooner rather than later and begin to climb the Premier League table.
Moyes said: “We have got a long way to go.
“We will need to play some great football and win an awful lot of games in the run-in if we going to be in there and around it come the end of the season.
“I’ve got nothing to suggest anything else.”