Manchester United boss David Moyes admits his side’s poor start to the Premier League season is completely down to him, reports talkSPORT.

United face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League tonight, on the back of successive home defeats at Old Trafford, knowing another loss at home would see them finish second in their group, leaving them open to a second round meeting with one of Europe’s giants.

And with questions over his ability to emulate the success Sir Alex Ferguson achieved at the club, Moyes has taken full responsibility for what is being widely regarded as a crisis at Manchester United.

“I take full responsibility for the results. It is tough because the expectancy is to win all the games and the results have not been good in the Premier League,” Moyes said.

“Generally we’d like to play better. We would like to pass better, to create more chances, I’d like to defend better when those moments arise.

“I don’t think it is any one thing, it is all round we are trying to improve.”

And Moyes also admitted that recent results in the Premier League have left the players hurting and that the club as whole is experiencing a transitional period.

“They players are hurting because they are used to winning,” he added.

“When they don’t win it hurts them. They care very much about the team and the club. They are good lads and they will respond in the right way.

“It is a transitional period for the whole football club, not just me and the players. The biggest transition is that a manager who was here for 26 years has now moved on and a new manager has come in.”

If United lose tonight it will be the first time they have lost three home games in succession since autumn 1962.

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