Man United can handle festive pressure: Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes (below) believes that his squad are ready for the rigours of the festive period as they prepare for today's Premier League trip to Hull City.
After suffering consecutive home defeats against Everton and Newcastle, United have improved with a run of four wins in three different competitions.
They now face back-to-back away matches after Christmas, with a trip to Norwich City following their game at the KC Stadium.
United then host Tottenham Hotspur on January 1, but although Moyes acknowledges that the schedule is not ideal, he is growing in confidence about his group’s ability to cope.
“Away games are always much harder than the home games and you have to make sure that we go and do the job right,” said the Scot, whose side approach today’s game in eighth place in the table.
“We’ve done the job quite well away from home this season so far, so we’ll try to keep it going, keep the away form up and hopefully pick up some points. It’s felt like we’ve had to use the squad over the last month as well and we’ve had it most of the season. But everyone at United is used to it. We look forward to the games and we’ve got a big squad and they’ll all be used over this period.”
Moyes has hinted that Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick could return from respective thigh and Achilles problems over the festive period.
Captain Nemanja Vidic has also recovered from illness and a calf problem, while striker Danny Welbeck is fit despite suffering a knock to his knee in the 3-1 win over West Ham United.