If the Premier League came to an end tomorrow, Manchester United would not feature in Europe next season. Something as shocking as this problem must have a cause. Many will point fingers at the players, but this would be rather harsh to do.
David Moyes seems to have stage-fright when selecting his starting lineup. He makes very few changes from game to game, and when he does it comes down to injured or suspended players.
If Moyes wants his United team to give a fight for their 21st English title or even give a fight for a top-four finish, he must begin to rotate his team a lot more like Sir Alex Ferguson did when he was still in charge.
Moyes seems to be getting things wrong most of the time. But here are three rules that Moyes must follow when selecting his starting-XI.
1. Never use Smalling as a right-back.
Although he has been playing that position rather well, Smalling is - and will always be - a centre-back. He lacks the speed and energy that Rafael and Fabio possess when charging up and down the right flank. His commitment and determination are impressive however, which enable him to temporarily feature as a right-back.
2. Use Kagawa as a No.10.
Whenever Kagawa is on the pitch, he walks over to the left flank. A place where he isn't happy, and a place where he doesn't produce even close to his best football. During the match against Bayer Leverkusen, Kagawa started in his favoured No.10 role. He repaid Moyes with a stunning display and the match ended 5-0 in the Red Devils' favour. So, when Kagawa does play in his favoured role, he benefits, the team benefits, and it makes Moyes look good.
3. Sort out the wings.
One would think that with four clear wingers, Manchester United would have no troubles in that area. But it's one of the areas in which they are struggling the most. It's simple really. Use Nani and Young on the left, with Valencia and Zaha on the right. Rotation amongst these four would surely bring out the best of their abilities, and take some of the pressure off of Moyes' shoulders.
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