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Moyes must adjust to make Manchester United great again

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With eight games played under David Moyes, Manchester United have made their worst ever Premier League start. 

Overall their worst start since 1989, when they only had eight points at this stage of the season.

They finished 13th that year although they did win the FA Cup. United currently sit in 8th with 11 points and just one - yes one - home win, and even that was an unconvincing 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Crystal Palace.

Away from home hasn't been much better, apart from the 4-1 win at Swansea on the opening day, with defeats to their fiercest rivals, and needing an 18-year-old to rescue them from an embarrassing defeat at bottom club and then manager-less Sunderland.

It's fair to say it's been very poor. A selection of fans are already calling for Moyes' head. Failure to beat West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at home to add to the two defeats to Man City and Liverpool means Moyes is already under fire eight games into a six-year contract. 

Many believe should Moyes ever get the axe, Sir Alex Ferguson will come and steady the ship, however that does not need to happen for Manchester United to be able to challenge for the title, this season. Yes this season.

Many changes need to be made, lessons need to be learned, but it could happen. Also had activity in the summer been different, the league position could be healthier. So what exactly is it that needs to change, or should have been done? 

Let's rewind to July. Moyes begins the job. Within days, Rene Meulensteen and Mike Phelan have been sacked and in came Steve Round, Phil Neville and Chris Woods from Everton.

Clearly Moyes wanted his "trusted" backroom staff. However, the fact is Moyes would not be sitting in that office at Old Trafford if it wasn't for Ferguson. So, had Moyes taken his advise and kept Phelan and Meulensteen at the club, then things could be different.

They have been working under the greatest manager in the history of world football, and have coached at the current Premier League champions. They know what they are doing. They would have knew it wasn't a good idea to swap Chris Smalling for Wayne Rooney with 15 minutes to go against Southampton on Saturday.

In fact, it's likely they would have suggested handing £15million signing Wilfried Zaha his debut, or give Shinji Kagawa a chance to prove himself and get that second goal to win the game against the Saints.

Instead, Moyes played the cautious card and it backfired. Moyes is without the helping hands of Rene and Mike and so it seems he will have to learn on his own. 

The cautious approach wasn't just seen against Southampton either. Against the, bigger clubs it has been evident from the start. United sat back against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Chelsea were ineffective and were also a very tight, organised outfit. That game ended 0-0. The result Moyes deep down was relieved to get.

Then, against Liverpool, they were punished immediately as the Reds took the game to United and it wasn't until the second half when Moyes' men began to improve.

And, we all remember the Manchester derby where United again began on the back foot and conceded an early goal which opened the floodgates. It took going 4-0 down for United to actually play good football and test Joe Hart.

Cast your mind back to only a year ago where Manchester United went 2-0 up at Stamford Bridge and the Etihad Stadium, and won both those games 3-2.

Moyes needs to change his approach. He needs to realise he is not at Everton anymore. 

There is also the enigma of Marouane Fellaini and where do you start with him? Well let's start with how he got here. Moyes is obviously a fan of his, and who can blame him as he was a great servant for Everton and a key player in their squad.

So, with that in mind, and the fact there was a clause that Moyes himself put in his contract that would have allowed him to buy him for £23million as opposed to the £27.5million United managed to scrape in with seconds to spare on transfer deadline day, meant that an extra £4.5million was paid.

Was he a panic buy? We can't be sure, but he's a buy. He has been deployed in a deep midfield role alongside Michael Carrick. He has won a few headers, made the odd tackle but otherwise he has just sold wigs. It's clear he needs time to settle and he may feel he is out of position and may be more effective in a box-to-box or attacking midfield role.

The bottom line is his performances have been poor and that brings me to the next issue...

Many agree that Manchester United lack a creative attacking midfielder. However, there is a player with that potential sitting on the bench or even sitting on the bench or at home sometimes. Yes, I'm talking about the bizarre omission of Kagawa.

A central attacking midfielder who evidently has the technical ability, and also a goal threat having managed six goals last season. He may lack strength and pace but he has the ability and has clearly been missing.

Also, when he has played it's been on the left. Now teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj has filled that position, maybe it's time Fellaini takes a break and Kagawa is given the chance to build on last season and really adapt to life in the Premier League and then emulating his Dortmund form.

Too conclude, had Moyes taken Sir Alex's advice and kept Meulensteen and Phelan, the league position would be better. Start playing the United way rather than the Moyes way, and allow young attackers the chance, look at Januzaj and how that paid off!

Zaha and Kagawa deserve a shot too! He may not be able to bring Phelan and Meulensteen but he can certainly change his approach and selection. This will see United rise up the league and a top four finish will look nearer to certain...oh yeah, signing quality players might help too!

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