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David Moyes: Three big challenges at Manchester United

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One has to admit that Moyes is in the start of a new adventure and the limelight he is under couldn't differ more than the one he was under at Everton.

Critics have been unfairly critical of his performance in the transfer window - mainly for failing to grab big signings.

In the same breath, everyone was amazed by the quality Manchester United have sent on loan such as Jesse Lingard and Nick Powell together with the adulation of Adnan Januzaj.

Now if Moyes went to Chelsea or Manchester City or perhaps Tottenham Hotspur, his performance in the transfer window would have been questionable but at Manchester United they tend to build up things slowly and are ready to wait for the likes of the above mentioned youngsters to prove themselves.

He was chosen for this role by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson precisely for this characteristic, which he has already shown at Everton producing the likes of Jack Rodwell, Coleman, Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley and a guy who goes by the name of Wayne Rooney.

He managed to get Marouane Fellaini, a player he knows inside out and United’s supporters who are saying he has not the level to play for United have a very short memory span and may not recall the headaches he has called to their defenders whilst at Everton.

Sorting out his position at his new club might be another challenge Moyes would have to face.

New challenges

At United, unlike Everton, he will have to adapt his rotation due to European matches, international players and all the turmoil that travelling brings.

He has already given a hint of his abilities in this by changing eight players in his team to play against Liverpool in the League Cup without unbalancing the squad.

The second thing he would have to resolve is his big match eleven. Now the unlucky fellow got Liverpool twice, Chelsea and Manchester City in his first couple of months before settling in.

He himself admitted that he had not yet seen enough from the likes of Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez to be able to judge whether they can fit in his starting line up.

Big match formation

Having noticed Arsenal and now Manchester City against United, both teams are trying to have their left winger joining in the centre providing an extra player in the middle.

Arsenal have used Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla since Mesut Ozil has taken the number 10 role while City have used Samir Nasri to great effect against United.

Furthermore Michael Carrick and Fellaini seemed to be out of their depth against a team as strong as City while they were very comfortable against the likes of Bayer Leverkusen.

So what if Moyes tries something similar?

He might have Carrick and Tom Cleverly or Phil Jones in front of the defence, Fellaini right in front of them with Rooney slightly to the left as a 'narrow winger.'

One must also recall that in big games Jones was employed against Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the past almost man marking the stars.

By employing such formation he can have Fellaini playing in his favorite position ensure Cleverly or Jones as an extra player in midfield while having Rooney playing in the holes around the centre.

Considering that Moyes has also struggled to find a left winger in form, this might be an answer.

In other matches Fellaini can quietly take a more defensive position and play Kagawa on the left and Rooney gets back behind or in line with Van Persie.

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