It is a feeling Manchester United fans are unfamiliar with – a feeling of uncertainty. Everyone knew it would be difficult for any coach to manage United after the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, but no one knew things would be dire in such a short time after the Scot's retirement.
Manchester United have struggled against top teams so far and it doesn’t look great.
The main issue here is the new United manager himself, David Moyes. He is not making the job easy for himself.
Two huge mistakes Moyes made this season: Firstly, playing an open (4-4-2) system against a Manchester City team with such creativity and speed at the Etihad is just criminal!
United were never going to match City in midfield, by not playing five midfielders, he had conceded the battle.
David Moyes should have used five midfielders, even more so because Robin Van Persie was injured. There is no way United would have been 4-0 down after 60 minutes if Moyes had opted for a 4-5-1 system with Wayne Rooney as a lone striker – if he must play Danny Welbeck then play him as a winger to cover Pablo Zabaleta.
This is common tactics/logic not rocket science. But David Moyes had his plans. His plans were to open Man United’s midfield and allow City to dominate – Manuel Pellegrini couldn’t believe his luck. It is a valuable lesson for Moyes moving forward.
Secondly, as one United fan would say, “I would rather play a team that includes Shinji Kagawa, Adnan Januzaj, and Wilfried Zaha and lose than playing Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia and lose."
Moyes’ team selection is baffling at best. There is no reason why Januzaj and Zaha should not be given a chance if the first team players are not performing optimally.
A manager of his caliber shouldn’t be making such rookie mistakes. The earlier Moyes gets a grip of things at Old Trafford the better.
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