David Moyes rues sloppy start at Old Trafford

Everton boss David Moyes prior to kick-off against Manchester United on February 10, 2013
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Everton boss David Moyes admits that his side's sloppy start played into the hands of a rampant Manchester United at Old Trafford this afternoon.

Everton manager David Moyes has conceded that his side gave Manchester United a dream start this afternoon that they were never able to recover from.

The Toffees fell behind at Old Trafford after 13 minutes when Ryan Giggs finished neatly from close range.

United sealed a 2-0 win before the break when Robin van Persie slipped in behind a high Everton offside trap before rounding Tim Howard.

Moyes believes that Everton responded well after going behind, but admits that his side's defending was not up to the standard required to trouble United.

He told BBC Sport: "We gave Manchester United an early start but I thought they were great. We didn't come out of the blocks as fast as we would have liked to have done.

"The second goal was poor, I don't know why we were so high and square at the back. But the timing of it was the worst thing.

"I thought we played well after the opening goal and had a grasp of the game. Manchester United are always a threat when you don't make enough of your opportunities. We didn't have that cutting edge today."

Defeat at Old Trafford means that Everton stay sixth in the Premier League, six points off a Champions League place.

Robin Van Persie scores his team's second during the match against Everton on February 10, 2013
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