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Solid play, shaky results, no worries

After a dominant display against Swansea City in their season opener, Manchester United failed to find the back of the net at their home opener against Chelsea and the much-anticipated derby at Liverpool. The team isn't troubled by their somewhat shaky start.

Solid play, shaky results, no worries
The reigning Barclays Premier League Champions got off to an action-packed start under new head coach David Moyes in their season opener against Swansea City on August 17. Reds’ top scorer Robin van Persie kicked two stunners to open his quest for a third golden boot.

Home opener: Chelsea
At a packed Old Trafford stadium on August 26, the Reds hosted rival Chelsea in a match that saw some solid play but ended in a 0:0 stalemate. Both sides played a tight defense that allowed few opportunities. Predictably, van Persie delivered United's best effort when he hit the side-netting from inside the area.

“We played well. I'm disappointed we didn’t get a goal from it, maybe we lacked a little bit of cutting edge, with our final pass, our final cross tonight,” said Manchester United manager David Moyes after the match. “But it was tough, Chelsea defended well, but if anyone shaded the best chances it was certainly us.”

Solid play, shaky results, no worries
It comes as no surprise that van Persie was named Manchester United’s August Player of the Month by fans voting on the club’s official websites and global social media.

“I'm pleased to have scored four goals but it’s more important to me that the team has made a good start to the season, and there is more to come,” he said.

Derby: Liverpool
The much-anticipated derby match against Liverpool was another story. Liverpool scored in the game’s opening minutes leaving United to chase. And though the Reds dominated much of the game thereafter, delivering solid play that looked likely to result in a goal, they were unable to find the net.

Team captain Nemanja Vidic is not troubled by the seemingly shaky start to the 2013/14 season: “From every game you can take positives and negatives, even from this one,” he told MUTV. “In the first game against Swansea, we scored four. But I do not judge matches on goals. I think both games against Liverpool and Chelsea were both really solid, we didn’t give our opponents anything. Not scoring is not like us but it is still the beginning of the season and we have so many games to play, some tough games. I would not say we are worried but we have to improve some areas.”

Manchester United will face Crystal Palace at home on September 14.

For more scores and highlights, check out United’s Fixtures & Results pageExternal Link / New Window

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