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Man United 1-0 Real Sociedad: Five things Moyes learned

Moyes was happy with the win (©GettyImages)
Moyes was happy with the win (©GettyImages).

Manchester United got back to winning ways last night with a comfortable 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.

David Moyes' side would have put the La Liga side to the sword if they had an in-form finisher in their ranks.

Javier Hernandez was unable to improve on his tally for the season and Shinji Kagawa was guilty of squandering a golden opportunity by taking a touch rather than shooting first time.

Despite United's flair players coming up short in front of goal, Moyes was able to take some positives out of last night's encounter at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils defended brilliantly and Wayne Rooney put in another terrific performance as the 'in the hole' striker.

Here are five things Moyes learned from last night's performance:

Kagawa deserves a Premier League start

Moyes decided to bring Kagawa in from the cold and the Japanese playmaker did not disappoint.

The 24-year-old was an unused substitute in United's last three games as Moyes instead opted to play the likes of Nani, Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck.

Kagawa was good in parts, but looked a little rusty due to the lack of game time he has had in recent weeks.

It is clear to see he needs a run of regular games - starting with United's game against Stoke on Saturday.

United missed RvP

The Red Devils really should have won by a bigger margin against a poor Sociedad side.

Moyes' side had a number of chances but missed a world class number nine to put the ball in the back of the net.

Van Persie would have surely bagged at least one goal last night, which would have eased the pressure off of United's defensive unit.

Jonny Evans and Phil Jones impressed

Evans and Jones were in outstanding form for United last season.

The duo, who stepped in for the injured Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, must be in with a chance of starting United's next match as they did not give Sociedad's forwards a sniff at goal.

Giggs has still got it

The 39-year-old rolled back the years last night, as he dictated play from United's engine room.

Whenever you think Giggs should call it a day by hanging up his legendary boots - the United star always seems to defy the odds by putting in a virtuoso performance.

Hernandez needs to work on his all-round game

Mexican striker Hernandez has a terrific goalscoring record at Manchester United - with 33 goals in 80 games for the club - but his general play hinders his chance of landing a regular first-team role in the side.

He comes alive inside the penalty area but does not really offer much to the side anywhere else.

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