Regular readers of soccersweep will know that, while we respect the man, we have been underwhelmed at times by the management of David Moyes at Manchester United.
He is not without quality and we genuinely hope that he makes a success of it at his new club. But there have been many occasions that we have been dubious about selection policies and his way of utilising and coaching the players.
He has of course had a real nightmare with injuries. Only in the last week or so have we seen Manchester United anywhere near full strength. This has not made it easier for him. But he has still chopped and changed way too much. Actually, more times than any other manager in The Premier League. Manchester United have made 83 changes in their 24 games so far.
Clearly you need to utilise your whole squad. Second placed Manchester City (72 changes) have shuffled with great success. But there have been periodic, voluntary and high profile omissions by Moyes, such as Rafael and Januzaj. Mata has been played out of position. And the Manchester United boss still doesn’t seem to know who his best centre backs are.
All we can say to Moyes is STOP! Stop making so many changes. That’s not how you gain momentum. Especially when a team is struggling for form, you should try to have some continuity – Moyes could have had more but he has chosen to chop and change in every game.
If Manchester United are going to have success this season they need to:
Keep the 4-2-3-1
Stop playing a 4-4-2 with awful wingers. Get the players used to a 4-2-3-1
This kid learns with every game. He’s already the best wide man at Manchester United. He should play every game on the left or right of the ‘3’ behind RvP
Mata at home and Kags in Europe
Mata is cup-tied for The Champions League so simply replace him with Kagawa and keep the same system in Europe.
Rio and Vida
They may struggle for fitness but they are still comfortably the best centre back pairing that Manchester United have. They need to be wrapped up in cotton wool for the big games – particularly in Europe. What a swan song for those two to win the Champions League – total poetry for such great servants.
Rafa not Smalling – We still like Smalling but his feet can let him down. Rafa is a far better right back. He’s dynamic, quick and offers real threat going forward. Proper United player. When fit, he has to play.
Manchester United fans – let’s have your thoughts.
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