Manchester United manager David Moyes believes his side are still in title contention, despite last night’s results opening up a 12-point gap between themselves and leaders Arsenal, reports the Telegraph.

United suffered their fourth league defeat last night at the hands of Moyes’ former club Everton, with Brian Oviedo scoring the decisive goal four minutes from time.

The result meant United drop to ninth place in the table, 12 points off leaders Arsenal who beat Hull City 2-0 at the Emirates, a points difference that in fact puts United closer to the relegation zone than the league summit.

However, Moyes remains unfazed despite an uncomfortable night which ended with the fans who used to adore him at Goodison Park chanting ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning.’

“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 are going to be in there and around it at the end of the season,” Moyes said.

Asked if he believed United were capable of that, he replied: “Yes. I’ve got nothing to suggest anything else.”

United have now failed to win in their last three Premier League games, all of which have seen them without star striker Robin van Persie who is still struggling with a groin injury.

“It is a sort of a groin injury. Nothing desperately serious, just a groin injury,” he added.

“We have been trying to get him back for a few weeks, but he is not ready yet.”