Manchester United put in their best league performance of a very poor season against West Brom at the weekend.
Very rarely this term have Manchester United had a comfortable victory. Despite this result coming against a seriously struggling West Brom side there were some encouraging portents of how Manchester United could shape up in the coming years.
Finally David Moyes seems to be coming around to the 4-2-3-1 formation. He clung on to the 4-4-2 for most of the season but any sane football fan can see that Manchester United no longer have the tools for such a shape.
Gone are the flying wingers and in have come the more modern footballing talents of Januzaj and Mata – not conventional wingers but players who can be devastating in the wider areas of the right formation.
With their current crop the 4-2-3-1 works brilliantly and should be employed for the rest of the season if Manchester United want to take anything from it.
What Moyes needs to do now is increase the momentum. He won’t do this by chopping and changing formations every week. He needs to stick with a settled team, especially in the more advanced areas of the park.
The team selection for Olympiakos was a disgrace and hopefully Moyes has learnt from this – the fewer changes the better from this point on.
The obvious problem in Europe is that Manchester United can’t use Mata. But they should still employ exactly the same formation and simply swap Mata out for Kagawa.
This way the team can start playing with more confidence and get to know where their team mates will be at any given time.
So we think that Moyes must play this team and formation to give himself and his club any chance of a top four finish and European glory this season.
Manchester United fans – is this your strongest XI?
Manchester United: De Gea, Evra, Jones, Ferdinand, Rafa – Carrick, Fellaini – Januzaj, Rooney, Mata (Kagawa in Europe) – RvP
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