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The 25-year-old insists David Moyes cannot be held accountable for the series of poor performances that sees the Premier League champions languishing in eighth

Jonny Evans is adamant the Manchester United players are to blame for the club's poor start to the season, and not manager David Moyes.

The Scot has come in for criticism following a torrid start to his tenure as boss after replacing the retired Sir Alex Ferguson.

But Evans feels the scrutiny of Moyes is very harsh and after watching videos of Saturday's draw with Southampton, he insists United need to improve on their recent displays.

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“The onus is on the players to step it up," he told reporters. "We know we haven’t played well enough, both as individuals and as a team. We have to look at ourselves and raise our performances.
 
“We are disappointed. We have watched parts of the Southampton game back and our performance level wasn’t up to scratch. We are giving the ball away quite sloppily. We want to control games.
 
“We allowed Southampton to control the game a bit better than we did.”

Moyes, meanwhile, played down concerns that the release of Ferguson's autobiography - and the comments relating to Wayne Rooney within it - might affect the striker's confidence.

“I have no concerns,” said Moyes.
 
“Wayne is focused on his football. He has been since the first day of pre-season. He is in good form, looking after himself and playing well.
 
“Alex Ferguson can do what he wishes. He is his own man. Certainly everyone at Old Trafford will love to hear what he can say, certainly the supporters will.

“He is someone with great knowledge so I’m sure everyone will enjoy reading it.”

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