Manchester United will not give up on title, says David Moyes

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Man Utd must improve - Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes refuses to give up on retaining the Premier League title, despite falling 14 points adrift of leaders Arsenal following a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea.

A Samuel Eto'o hat-trick guided Chelsea and in the process handed United a seventh league defeat of the season.

Moyes, whose side remain seventh in the table, said: "What we don't do is throw the towel in until we can't get there. The job is to finish first and we'll try to do that."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho also refused to rule United out of the title race - but said it would need a dramatic loss of form from those teams ahead of them to revive the reigning champions' hopes.

He said: "I am sure David won't be upset with me if I tell the reality. It is a 14-point difference to Arsenal, then 13 to Manchester City and 12 to us.

"It needs three teams to almost have a collapse, so the title will be difficult for them. What I hope is that they beat all the other teams to finish in the top four."

United started the match strongly but were guilty of poor defending as Eto'o became the fourth player to score a treble against them in the Premier League era.

The defeat also extended Moyes's wait for an away win against the 'big four' teams in the top flight.

In 48 away matches at United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal - encompassing his time as Everton and United boss - he has drawn 18 and lost 30.

United are now six points off the Champions League places with 16 matches remaining.

"This is a project," added Moyes. "I know what I'm going to do and there will be changes as we go along the journey.

"It is a massive challenge. I hoped we'd be in a better position than we are, but we are not."

United were without injured strikers Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie and their problems increased when captain Nemanja Vidic was sent off for a challenge on Eden Hazard in the closing moments.

Vidic is now out of Wednesday's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Sunderland at Old Trafford, where United will try to overturn a 2-1 deficit.

The Serbian could have been joined on the sidelines by right-back Rafael, who was only booked for a two-footed lunge on Gary Cahill.

Moyes said: "I thought Nemanja's was a yellow card but I thought, on another day, the one afterwards when Rafael got a yellow card could have been a red card."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal22163343192451
2Man City22162463253850
3Chelsea22154343202349
4Liverpool22134553282543
5Tottenham2213452926343
6Everton21118234191541
7Man Utd2211473627937
8Newcastle2211383228436
9Southampton228772925431
10Aston Villa2266102229-724
11Hull2265112228-623
12Norwich2265111835-1723
13Stoke2257102236-1422
14West Brom214982328-521
15Swansea2256112733-621
16Crystal Palace2262141431-1720
17Fulham2261152248-2619
18West Ham2246122233-1118
19Sunderland2246122136-1518
20Cardiff2246121738-2118
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