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Manchester United: Predicted line-up vs Shakhtar & Sunderland

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At times this season, it has been almost painful to watch United play. There is no flow to their system of passing and the wingers have been abysmal.

Experienced defenders like Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand seem to be reaching the point at which they can only play a limited amount of games per month.

Maybe it's time Jonny Evans is given another long run in the Manchester United team. There are few injuries in the United squad right now so Moyes can't really complain on that front.

He hasn't been doing a good job in selecting the team of late. Players don't seem to be able to work together and tried and tested flops are given unnecessary chances in the team.

It's three years past the point at which Anderson should have been shipped out (although many have suggested that this is because United can find anyone in their right minds who would but him).

Let's look at the team I suggest to take on Shakhtar and Sunderland and compare and contrast its merits with the side Moyes fielded against West Brom in the 2-1 defeat:

Manchester United v Shakhtar: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Buttner, Nani, Anderson, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney, Hernandez.  

Manchester United v Sunderland: De Gea, Rafael, Evans, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa, Rooney, Nani, Van Persie

The first noticeable difference is that the second suggested team includes Robin van Persie. I'm sure the reason Moyes didn't play him on Saturday was down to lack of fitness so my inclusion of him isn't a criticism of Moyes. 

Moyes's back four isn't bad. There is a good combination of strength, experience and height between the four.

However, Phil Jones and Alex Buttner both have a tendency to shirk defensive duties to run up the wing - something that Morgan Amalfitano ruthlessly exploited for West Brom.

The reintroduction of Patrice Evra and Rafael should do a bit to shore up the wings. If that doesn't work, the inclusion of Marouane Fellaini to partner Michael Carrick in a holding role should help cover.

The biggest asset of this formation is that it provides ample defensive cover to allow players like Nani and Shinji Kagawa, who aren't accustomed to coming back to focus on attacking.

Historically one of United's problems has been the fact that they play with wingers that are so attack-minded that they shirk defensive responsibility.

The addition of Fellaini as cover give the attacking players the freedom to roam. Up front, the inclusion of Kagawa, Van Persie and Wayne Rooney is a potentially deadly attacking trio.

All three of these players would have the ability to interchange positions at will and bamboozle opposing defenders. Two seasons ago, these three scored (with different teams of course) a combined 67 goals from league play. Coming together, it isn't too much of a stretch to imagine that they could repeat it.

Moyes needs wins against Shakhtar and Sunderland to calm the boo boys. The team he has been putting out recently are too conservative and it has been reflected in the lack of goals on the board.

Moyes need more attacking creativity coupled with defensive resilience and using the suggested team could do just that.

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