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Is this the right tactical plan for Manchester United?

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Manchester United disappointingly dropped crucial home points again this weekend in their Barclay's Premier League 2-2 draw with rock bottom Fulham.

In a game which saw the Cottagers defence handle 81 United crosses, of which only 18 found a red shirt, David Moyes's men stumbled to another damaging home result.

With the transfer window shut Moyes must use what is at his current disposal to try and save the Red Devils season - and with a trip to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in midweek something drastic may be required tactically to avoid another disappointing result.

With 31 goals conceded in only 25 Premier League matches, Manchester United are missing something in the back.

United's full-backs have been criticised as being weak defensively but the forward thinking Patrice Evra and Rafael provide a lot of options going forward on the flanks, so much so that winger Antonia Valencia is often deployed in the right back position to aid in United's attack minded style.

The vulnerability is clear and another man is possibly needed in central areas to plug the gaps.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen described David Moyes' tactics as "straightforward" and "easy" to defend against after Sunday's game and with United's lack of natural wide players starting the games it's hard to see why attacking the flanks was the United game plan for the entire 90 minutes.

David Moyes brought in Juan Mata during the January window, a naturally central player who has been forced wide with Wayne Rooney's return to the squad begs the question as to why the Red Devils do not try a more narrow approach.

With the current crop of players a narrow, defensively solid starting formation may be better suited and beneficial to United, so throwing the traditional wide game to the wind and relying on Mata, Rooney and Carrick's creativity to create chances through the middle may be the answer Moyes is searching for. In a 3-4-2-1 formation, a narrow Manchester United could line up as follows.

Goalkeeper: David De Gea

Central Defense: Johnny Evans, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones

Left Midfield/Left Wing Back: Patrice Evra

Central Midfield: Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick

Right Midfield/Right Wing Back: Antonio Valencia

Centre Forward: Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata

Striker: Robin Van Persie

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