Man Utd boss Moyes hails his super-sub trio for stunning comeback win

Manchester United boss David Moyes praised his substitutes after victory over Stoke City.

Manchester United boss David Moyes praised his substitutes after victory over Stoke City.

Speaking with MUTV, the manager paid tribute to David De Gea and substitutes Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia and Javier Hernandez.

"I was going to say that I hope it was the first of many [comebacks]," he laughed. "Still, I’d rather have a late comeback than a defeat.

"I thought that we kept going, we tried everything today. We made mistakes and our goalkeeper kept us in the game at times today, but we kept knocking and that door trying to find a way through and eventually we did do.

"Stoke should have scored more in the first half, but our goalkeeper was fantastic. That’s his job, to keep them out and he’s had another good performance today. However, I’m really disappointed that we conceded two today. I thought we gave the ball away too much and didn’t defend well enough, but the team’s effort, to make sure we got back in the game, was terrific.

"Some people say that I don’t do that [make risky changes] but I do, I’m a coach and I want to win games. You try and influence the game and make the right changes, sometimes they work and other times they don’t. Thankfully today’s did, Adnan came on and made a great impact for the team.

"He’s going to be a big talent for the club for a long time to come.

"Valencia did well at right-back and Chicha came on and scored the winner. Wayne [Rooney] scored another great goal, he played really well but I had to drop him back into midfield. I thought that he could maybe help the team to get passing and playing a bit quicker and, most importantly, have as many goalscorers on the pitch as possible.

"I didn’t think that we had a chance scoring from a corner, it was like land of the giants! Thankfully Wayne managed to direct a great header and Chicha got on the end of a great cross from Patrice Evra. It was hard work today, having played midweek, and I have to say I’m delighted that we’ve picked up two wins in three or four days.

"The crowd were great today. They would have been disappointed going in at half-time 2-1 down, especially having just got back into the game at 1-1, but they were terrific in driving the players. Thanks to them, we managed to get the victory."

 
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