With David Moyes' Manchester United arrival confirmed, a handful of players will be wondering if they are part of the Scottish manager's plans.

Manchester United teams have only known to play under a certain type of tactic but it may all be about to change with the arrival of their new boss. 

Here are a few players who may or may not fit into their new managers plans and why:

Tom Cleverley

At 23-years-old, Cleverley still hasn't managed to define his role in the Manchester United team.

He is a useful passer, but his game often suffers under poor distribution. He can make neat interceptions but lacks the physicality to impose himself against tougher opponents.

The former Everton boss favours a physical midfield. Having said that, Cleverley needs to improve his defensive prowess and ability to skip around opponents.

Many teams managed to waltz past him in the centre of the pitch, leaving United vulnerable and Michael Carrick always needing to drop deep.

United must get a combative midfielder this summer. If Moyes finally secures an appropriate deal, Cleverley might find himself on the bench more often than he would like.

Moyes' best Everton teams didn't utilise wingers in the traditional sense.

Versatile players interchanged with forwards to ensure the team had width, but this was expansive and dependent on the situation.

The Scottish manager has always prioritised players who can carry out a number of roles; this is part of the reason his Everton teams were so difficult to break down.

Ashley Young 

While Moyes is unlikely to eradicate wingers from Manchester United's play, he may aim to ensure their overall game becomes more well-rounded.

For Young, any change in United's style could render the most effective parts of his game useless.

Although he can play just behind the striker, Young is the least adaptable winger from United's ranks.

If Moyes convinces Wayne Rooney to stay, the English forward is likely to remain in his spot between the midfield and attack. If this happens, Shinji Kagawa will once again receive limited opportunities in his favoured position.

Shinji Kagawa

The Japanese star is not a traditional Moyes-styled No.10. He doesn't possess extreme physical capabilities and isn't going to take control of aerial situations. 

Kagawa's technical skill makes him a superb passer of the ball who could emerge as United's equivalent of David Silva or Juan Mata.

We've already seen that Kagawa isn't particularly comfortable when pushed out wide, so it would be disappointing to see him cast aside.

One thing's for sure: if Rooney stays, Moyes will have to play him. United fans will never see the best of Kagawa if he can't play just behind Robin van Persie.


Every United supporter knows the story of Anderson by now.

The Brazilian is a squad player. Although his creativity and passing ability has always suggested he could become an integral part of United's midfield, injuries have always held him back.
He has shown ability to mix it with the best if he remains fit, but his dawdling nature won't suit a manager who aims to get as much energy from his players as possible.

Plus, his sale could free up vital funds for Moyes to land someone better suited to the task of playing top level football.

Javier Hernandez

Hernandez will be a breath of fresh air to Moyes. A consistent goal scorer is something his Everton sides always failed to produce.

Thus Moyes has been forced to sign players with a mixture of strength and ability to retain possession allows the midfield to flood forward; something Hernandez doesn't produce.

It all depends on whether Moyes decides a lone striker is the way to go for the Premier League champions.
If so, Hernandez will only receive time on the bench. Should the incoming boss favour two strikers, Rooney's Old Trafford career could be rejuvenated.

Much like Kagawa, the Mexican's future is dependent on whether Rooney stays and where Moyes plans to deploy him.


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