Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted that his side should have picked up all three points in yesterday’s Champions League match against Spanish side Real Sociedad, highlighting two missed opportunities by strikers Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
Mexican international Hernandez was given a golden chance to stake his claim for a spot in the Scot’s starting eleven, but missed an open net from just six yards as he skied the ball over the crossbar, despite looking odds-on favorite to hit the back of the net (maybe he’s lucky he didn’t get a free bet here before the match!). Just minutes later the Premier League’s defending Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie cannoned his penalty kick off the post after Ashley Young was ruled to have been fouled in the box.
“It shouldn’t have been a draw, it should have been a victory, we played well enough to win the game, made a lot of chances, and we missed a penalty as well,” Moyes told Sky Sports after the match.
“When you get opportunities you want to take them. Those opportunities tonight would have made sure we were well clear at the top of the group, but we’re still in a good position.
“It’s a good position, it’s where we want to be, but we should have had three points tonight and made it a lot easier.”
The Red Devils missed out on a big opportunity to establish a clear gap between them and fellow Group A competitors Bayer Leverkusen and Shakhtar Donetsk, and will now face the Germans and Ukrainians on November 27th and December 10th, respectively.
United take on league leaders Arsenal in a tricky home tie this Sunday as they look to continue their winning ways in the league.