David Moyes got his first marquee win as manager of Manchester United on Sunday with a 1-0 triumph over Arsenal. With three wins on the bounce, the Red Devils are gaining momentum.
More significantly, it was a triumph built on tactics. The virus afflicting the Arsenal camp certainly did not do the Gunners any favours, with Per Metersacker and Tomas Rosicky the major absentees.
But credit must go to David Moyes and his team. It wasn’t pretty but they got the result they wanted. The important thing now is to keep up that momentum going into the busy December period.
Three away games on the bounce against Cardiff City, Bayer Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur await. With Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney leading the attack and the likes of Shinji Kagawa, Antonio Valencia and Adnan Januzaj providing good support, the attack will take care of itself.
What is paramount for the Red Devils is that the defence continues the progress that’s been made. Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Patrice Evra were immense on Sunday.
Nemanja Vidic was right on the money until the increasingly confident David de Gea knocked him out in the process of a clearance. A run of clean sheets will increase the confidence in the squad.
It is also important not to get carried away with the Arsenal result. Yes, it is Moyes’ first big win, but it is in no way a season-defining triumph. Not yet at least.
However, even if it does not spark a full revival, the manager’s focus should be on having a solid run rather than an earth-shatteringly magnificent one.
With the incredible transition at the club, a top-three finish along with a domestic cup and a decent run in the Champions League should constitute a good season for Moyes’ Manchester United.
The expectation is always high at the Theatre of Dreams but it has been realised that this handing over of the torch from Ferguson to Moyes is bound to have a few ups and downs.
Although, with United’s history of serving humble pie to their doubters, you would not be surprised if they do end up as champions.
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