MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - Manchester United manager David Moyes spoke of how he felt encouraged after seeing his side bounce back from their derby drubbing by Manchester City to knock Liverpool out of the League Cup.
Sunday's abject 4-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium left United five points off the pace in the Premier League, but they showed signs of life in a 1-0 win over age-old rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
"What was important was that the whole club showed that we were hurt by the game on Sunday," said Moyes, after a victory that set up a fourth-round tie with Norwich City.
"We didn't perform to our levels. And they've gone out and the players have done a great job to get us a big result, so I'm really pleased with them.
"We know we have to improve. I'm getting to know them. They're a really good team; they won the Premiership last year. But we need to make sure that we're looking to improve as well." Javier Hernandez scored the game's only goal, stealing away from Jose Enrique to convert a Wayne Rooney corner from close range in the 46th minute of an engaging and open-ended cup tie.
Paradoxically, despite United having made their worst start to a league campaign in nine years, the win over Liverpool meant that Moyes has made the best start as a United manager since the great Matt Busby in 1946.
He poured scorn on the statistic, but admitted he was eager to see more positive headlines about the early days of his United tenure.
"Somebody told me that before the game. That's the way it is," said the Scot, who also revealed that Tom Cleverley had sustained an unspecified injury in training.
"Everybody at the moment seems to be picking a stat out - you know, I've not won here or I've done this or I've not done that. Obviously that's one of the good ones, because I've not had that many good ones." Hernandez's goal eclipsed the return of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was making his comeback after serving a 10-game suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a league match in April.