Manchester United boss must stop playing it safe

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Since the beginning of the season, David Moyes has tried to play it safe at Manchester United - but it has not really worked.

Ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup tie with arch rivals Liverpool, it's expected that Moyes will make several changes to the side that were humiliated at Manchester City this past weekend.

In Moyes' first five Premier League games in charge of the Red Devils, he's continued to persist with a similar team.

Starting from the back, David De Gea, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra have started in all five league games and also made the XI for United's first Champions League game of the season.

However, defensively United have been far from perfect.

In their last two games, Moyes' side have shipped six goals. So, perhaps it's time to ditch the Ferdinand/Vidic partnership, or at-least give the pair a break. Jonny Evans was a reliable and constant figure under Sir Alex Ferguson last season - but so far in this campaign he's struggled for a chance. 

The central of midfield is a problem for Moyes - there's a certain over reliance on Carrick - one that was there last season.

Marouane Fellaini may not have overly impressed against Manchester City last weekend, but once he finds his feet at United he can add something extra to the champions. Moyes will hope Darren Fletcher can return the player he once was - the Scottish international would certainly act as a new signing for the Red Devils. 

On the wing is really where Moyes could freshen things up. Ashley Young has played but struggled to impress so far this season.

Then there has been the odd appearance and cameo displays from the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Shinji Kagawa - perhaps it's time for these two to gain a regular starting berth for the champions.

One man that will certainly be desperate to prove himself will be Wilfried Zaha. The young English talent has barely made the squad under Moyes this season - despite impressing in pre-season - and with his pace and direct nature, he should at the very least be making appearances from the bench.

Then there's the forgotten man, Nani. Well, maybe not so forgotten, he's just signed a new long-term contract at United, but hasn't been a regular in the team for a long time. If Moyes can have faith in the Portuguese star, then perhaps Nani will reward the Scot with his best form in a United shirt.

Now, in attack, United may not need much freshening up. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney have more than enough about them to continue firing all season long. Perhaps Javier Hernandez should be given a slightly larger role this season, the Mexican striker certainly knows how to find the net.

It's hard to blame Moyes for not rotating his stars and trying to play it safe. He's new to the Old Trafford hot-seat and he also had an extremely tricky start to the season.

But now it's time to realise the potential of his entire squad - starting tonight against Liverpool.

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