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Manchester United midfielder needs tactic change

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Manchester United may just be starting to find their feet under David Moyes, but there's no denying that there is still a massive problem yet to be resolved at Old Trafford, and that is tactics.

There is one player's tactics I want to focus on, and make an example of him, even though he perhaps isn't the only flaw in United's squad.

The person who I want to talk about is 24-year-old Tom Cleverley.

In the last few weeks it has been mainly Cleverley who has been singled out by the media as one of Manchester United's biggest under-performers during a disappointing season under new manager Moyes.

Cleverley has been in and out of the United squad this season, it's understandable that Moyes' lack of squad stability doesn't help, but Cleverley has played just 11 games in the Premier League.

The youngster says that he likes to play the 'Spanish style', making short passes and building up the play, but United don't play like this, and I don't think many can deny that realistically this doesn't work.

There is one difference to Cleverley's tactic and the Spanish style though, the Spanish passes all lead very quickly to goals or shots whereas Cleverley's passing doesn't.

The tactic isn't bad, I'm not saying that. Although, if Cleverley is going to play like this then the whole team need to adapt to this style, such as Barcelona where the whole team sit on the same wavelength nearly 100 per cent of the time.

Cleverley thinks what he is doing is actually helping the team, but when you look closer really it isn't and one goal in the Premier League, with no assists is not a good statistic to back up his point.

If the team won't play to the tactic, then Cleverley needs to ditch it and resort to playing as part of the unit. He would probably be better to ditch it anyway to be honest though.

From what I saw of United against Fulham, it appears they play the crossing tactic, rather than a passing one. The 'Spanish style' really isn't needed.

Don't get me wrong - I am not criticising Cleverley, I am simply stating my thorough criticism of his controversial tactic.

There's no 'I' in 'team', and with United at such a critical stage in the season now, where really the Red Devils need to be winning every game, then there's no time for show-boating.

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