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Manchester United: Attack the best form of defence

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Adnan Januzaj and Javier Hernandez made starring appearances at Old Trafford on Saturday and gave David Moyes some reason for optimism when it comes to squad selection.

The original plan had not worked so well for the Manchester United manager, who until Wayne Rooney's outstanding header with 12 minutes remaining, looked to be staring down the barrel of another defeat following the embarrassment by West Bromwich Albion.

It symbolised the fact that Moyes still has some amazing attacking talent to call upon and rescue him when the chips are down - and perhaps for now, a more attacking approach could suit the champions.

Balance is of course important in every team but whilst playing a supposedly 'balanced' team on Saturday, with Tom Cleverley holding the fort with Michael Carrick, United looked about as steady as jelly. 

England midfielder Cleverley was the centre of all this, giving the ball away as if it were a Christmas present, and as a result, Marko Arnautovic and co. rained down a host of chances on David de Gea. 

The Spaniard was not helped by a defence whose ideas were about as in line with each other as David Cameron and Ed Miliband. With Phil Jones and Jonny Evans together, there was no leadership in the defence - a worrying sign given the long-term uncertainty of the fitness of Nemanja Vidic. 

De Gea and the terrific Rooney kept United standing in a difficult first half, until the attacking cavalry arrived. Nani, who must be the luckiest man alive to receive a five-year contract upon Moyes' arrival at the club, was replaced by the burgeoning Januzaj and the ailing Cleverley by Hernandez. From that moment on, United really went for it - and it paid off.

Right now an air of belief created whenever the multi-national Januzaj steps on to the pitch - much more than can what be said for the likes of Nani and Ashley Young.

There is also a knowledge in brains that Shinji Kagawa can produce so much more if given the freedom to do so - and the comfort of knowing Rooney is good enough right now to dig them out of most holes.

Perhaps this then, is the platform for Moyes. Stop persisting with out-of-form players who are consistently under-performing, play the players who are playing well and use them to the best of their ability. And while the defence continues to shake uncomfortably, have faith in the attacking talent at your disposal and let them win games for you.

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