I think we've played a very good side and it's the sort of standard and level we need to try and aspire to get ourselves to at this moment in time.
I think we need to play better. We're needing to come up a couple of levels at the moment and we're not quite there.
It's a comment which has only served to increase the hostility currently being displayed toward Moyes by certain sections of United's support after a season which has seen them lose 10 of their 31 league matches. They currently find themselves seventh—26 points worse off than they were at the same stage last year.
It's been a remarkable decline for a side who won the title by 11 points last season under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
City, meanwhile, have the title in their sights after a run of four league wins on the bounce. They go to Arsenal on Saturday full of confidence, knowing that if they win their remaining matches they will be crowned champions.
They currently lie third in the table, three points behind leaders Chelsea but with two games in hand. However, City also have to travel to Liverpool and Everton in what is a tough set of fixtures to negotiate if they are to regain the title.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini played down claims City were favourites to win the league, saying via Belfast Telegraph:
I don't think so. We will continue fighting with the other three teams, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool, and we have to win the two postponed games and continue playing the way we play.
I am not thinking about the title. Tomorrow we are thinking about Arsenal.
Predictably, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers disagrees, despite his side being top of the form table, having won their last seven matches.
After Liverpool's 2-1 home win over Sunderland, which saw them leapfrog City and move back into second place, he told BBC Sport: "I'm not playing it down, I don't play silly mind games. If City win their games, they win. It's simple maths."
With Liverpool set to host both City and Chelsea between now and the end of the season, it's arguable the destiny of the title is as much in their hands as it is City's.
And Jose Mourinho's Chelsea continue to display an unerring ability to win even when not playing their best football, a trait that has seen them lead the way for much of the season.
It's set to be one of the tightest title races in recent memory with three teams all in with a chance of glory. United, meanwhile, can only stand by and watch as the trophy they made their own under Ferguson is fought over by their fiercest rivals.
Rob Pollard is Bleacher Report's lead Manchester City correspondent and will be following the club from a Manchester base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here: @RobPollard_.
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