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What is to blame for Manchester United's recent dip?

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As you may of noticed, the champions of the Premier League - Manchester United - have had a recent dip in form, losing three out of the six games played, leaving them already eight points off leaders Arsenal.

So what it are the causes of United's problems?

Well here are few possibilities -

1. A change of back-room staff; of course the loss of Sir Alex Ferguson is going to affect any club but what most people forget is that when he went, so did the likes of Mike Phelan and many others well known names among the United faithful.

These are men the players knew and trusted and in turn these men knew the players and the club's style and traditions better than anyone, in fact it was recently revealed that before his departure Sir Alex begged Moyes to keep these men for this reason and seeing the players recently he might have had a point.

2. Lack of activity in transfer market; well not much needs to be said for this, it's all been said before... United overpaid for a thus far ineffective Fellaini after losing out on Fabregas and Alacantra, maybe he will come good in time, but it's clear he not a typical United player. 

Perhaps the lack of activity has to do with the change of staff, they lack the 'clout' of Ferguson and Gill and are, with no offence to Moyes and his men, not as desirable to play for as their predecessors.

3. A simple change of style? Over the past 50 years or so Manchester United have almost always played 4-4-2 in attack, 4-5-1 in defence with the two midfielders anchoring and the wingers providing as much width and cover as possible.

Antonio Valencia was probably the prime example of this, no other winger hugged the touchline as much he did last season always providing an out ball for United.

In the first few games of the season he has probably come inside more than he did the entirety of last season, leaving his full back exposed.

Also with the introduction of Fellaini, it seems to be more of a diamond formation as opposed to a 4-4-2, and while Michael Carrick is probably the best all round midfielder in the world at the moment he cannot be everywhere at once, he usually has help in the form of Cleverley or Anderson providing both protection and counter-attack options for him.

Whatever the reason is it's clear something has to change before United get back to their old selves and more importantly, winning ways.

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