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Manchester United tactics freezing out Young & Valencia

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Manchester United haven't had the best of seasons and the ever-reliant Antonio Valencia and England winger Ashley Young have been part of that disappointment. 

The Red Devils have normally relied on wing play during their success but the current crop of players are not performing. With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, George Best and Andrei Kanchelskis providing the width in the last 20 years, Valencia and Young don't give United that fear factor that they once had. 

David Moyes' first year in charge is likely to end without a trophy but if he ends the season with good results and a better style of football, many United fans will be relishing the start of the 2014/15 campaign. 

In United's last two Premier League games they have scored five, keeping two clean sheets at Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion.

Starting both them games were Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj who have provided good support for Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. 

At the beginning of the season, Moyes opted for the 4-4-2 formation with Valencia and Young starting most games. This philosophy did give Ferguson success but it seems like the tide is changing. 

Having recalled Young and Valencia to the side against Olympiakos, both didn't offer anything going forward and were also caught out in their defensive duties. 

Januzaj and Mata are inverted wingers and like to get involved as much as possible helping the central midfield partnership - just like Steven Pienaar did under Moyes. 

Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick have held down their spots recently and looked good when beating West Brom. The Belgium International has been dominant in the air and has allowed Carrick to get on the ball regularly. Cleverly who has gained criticism from many fans was not named in the squad against WBA and will likely be used during the busy period coming up. 

For now it seems like Moyes has found his style and that will be a 4-2-3-1 formation. The likelihood is that Shinji Kagawa will be given more of a chance and that could boast good for his chances of saving his future at the club.

At the ages of 28, Valencia and Young may need to start looking elsewhere. Both look set for part-time roles and with Kagawa, Januzaj and Mata all aged 25 and under, Moyes' future is looks bright. 

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