MANCHESTER (AFP) - Manchester United manager David Moyes has no doubt his side will turn around their difficult start to the campaign and figure in the title reckoning.
Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford in pre-season following the trophy-laden manager's retirement and, since then, the Premier League champions have lost three of their first six matches of the new campaign.
They did secure a 1-1 draw in the Champions League at Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek but return to league action at bottom-of-the-table Sunderland on Saturday with ground to make up.
After losing 1-0 at Liverpool in August, United have suffered back-to-back back defeats in the league, going down 4-1 to Manchester City and enduring a shock 2-1 reverse against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford last weekend.
The fitful start, United's worst to a season since 1989, has left them eight points adrift of leaders Arsenal.
And with 32 matches of the league season remaining, a bullish Moyes told reporters at a news conference on Friday that his side would be in the title race come the end of the campaign.
"They're really good players and they know the standards they've set over the years and together we'll work to get it right, I've got no doubt about that.
"Anybody who comes in to a new job you learn as you go along and I'm doing that as well.
"I already knew I was coming to work with a group of really good players but that we'd have difficult times as well."
Moyes added: "There's a long way to go in the Premier League. It's a long season and you see great changes as the season goes on, so we'll hang in there and get ourselves as close to the top as soon as we can.
"It's a good club, Manchester United. I'm sure they know they picked the right man for the job and Sir Alex was part of that process as well."