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David Moyes finally gets it right

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There's still a long way to go for Manchester United, but Saturday's 3-0 win over West Brom will help to ease some of the tension around the red parts of Manchester.

David Moyes has been criticised all season, much of it deserved, and more blame was headed his way after his apology to season ticket holders over a poor season - which was widely considered to be a weak move.

But you have to give credit where credit's due and Moyes certainly deserves some after his choice of team and tactics at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

First of all, his team choice was impressive. Ashley Young being out of the team was a relief to most United fans.

Moyes opted to play two defensive midfielders in Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini which was a move that paid dividends.

Both were very solid in defence and gave the attacking force of Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj and Robin van Persie a chance to shine.

Right-back Rafael was fit to start which helped solve the issues surrounding Chris Smalling. Smalling had been forced to play right-back for a number of weeks while Rafael was injured and his performances were criticised.

But when he plays in his natural position of centre-back he is a force to be reckoned with and proved his doubters wrong after a very impressive performance.

The United boss then made a good substitution when he took Van Persie off for Danny Welbeck. The move gave Rooney more freedom and he repaid that with a goal and an assist to make it 3-0.

Taking the Dutchman off was something Moyes hasn't typically done; probably fearing the backlash from fans and pundits if he did. But he stuck to his guns and it was the right call.

And last but certainly not least, he didn't settle for the 1-0 win. Too often this season Moyes has tried too hard to protect one goal leads and this defensive culture has led to United conceding late goals.

But this time the team just grew with confidence and looked to try and score more. This confidence in possession and style was a reminder of the United team under Ferguson: They never looked like losing.

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