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Moyes aggrieved after defeat

David Moyes felt his Manchester United side did not deserve to lose 2-1 at Stoke, but admitted the players only have themselves to blame for not taking their chances.

After Charlie Adam's deflected free-kick had given the home side the lead, Robin van Persie restored parity early in the second half at the Britannia Stadium, and it looked like only one side would go onto to claim all three points.

However, Adam's thunderbolt just five minutes later was enough to earn Stoke their first league win over United since Boxing Day 1984, a result Moyes felt was not entirely deserved.

"I don't know what we have to do to win. We played well today," Moyes said.

"We lost to a wicked deflection from a free-kick and a worldy of a strike.

"The amount of opportunities and chances we created, we should have won the game.

"We only have ourselves to blame for not taking those chances, but I thought it was a good performance."

United's rhythm was disrupted on several occasions, as Jonny Evans and Phil Jones both had to leave the field with injuries, causing a mass reshuffle of the formation.

But Moyes was not using that as an excuse, admitting it had little effect on the match.

"We lost two centre-halves, which happens sometimes in football," Moyes added.

"But I don't think it changed the game as we kept going and doing the right things.

"Phil Jones looks like concussion, and has had a head scan, and Jonny Evans looks like he has a calf strain."