We are just a few short days after Manchester United’s methodical demolition by local rivals Manchester City, so where did it all go wrong for David Moyes and his men? We look at a few key pointers we feel they lost on.
It seems RVP had been struggling for a few days with the injury, yet Moyes still chose to play him against Leverkusen when surely Hernandez or Welbeck could have done the job? It’s a sign that Moyes was so desperate to win his United European debut that he gambled with the Dutch strikers fitness and ultimately lost. Just how much of a difference he would have made to Sundays result we shall never know but there is no doubt that when the City team saw the tea sheet minus RVP it would have given them a massive psychological boost as he was so instrumental in the same fixture last season.
United’s Overall Team Selection
With van Persie out United needed someone to give them an added goal threat, a situation made for the likes of Kagawa or Hernandez but for some reason Moyes decided to play Ashley Young. Now I know a lot of you may be saying surely it was Welbeck that could have been the replacement? But Welbeck is more than capable at playing out wide allowing for Hernandez, Rooney or Kagawa to play in the number 10 role. Also the fact that once again Zaha and Januzaj are nowhere near the squad has to be a worrying factor especially as they both had great pre seasons with the club and had the fans looking forward to seeing them push on
United Failure to Capitalise on the games opening 25 minutes
The first 20 minutes of the derby were open and frenetic, you have to think that had United had scored in those opening exchanges it would have put City on the back foot for the rest of the game. As it was United failed to score and once the game settled to a slower pace, the flaws that seem to be in the squad this year surfaced.
Ashley Young has been dire in a United shirt and Sundays performance was one of his worst. He came to United with a reputation of a goal scoring winger whose pace and finishing could trouble any defence in the world, currently he is better known for diving. On Sunday he kept throwing high balls into the box aiming at one person who was marked by 2 defenders, or as the case a few times aimlessly launching it into the 18 yard box under the keepers nose. He needs to start attacking the wings more, driving to the byeline and firing crosses across the line between the 6 yard box & penalty spot.
David Moyes substitution choice
“So the score is 3 – 0 to our local rivals at their own ground, I have a creative midfielder who has won many honours in his home country and a proven goalscorer who may have given United a boost. Which one shall I bring on? I know TOM CLEVERLEY!” This must have been David Moyes’s mind during the game. We are by no means talking Tom Cleverley down as he has come on leaps and bounds as player in the last few years but he was the wrong player in this situation.
There were some positives in the defeat from a Manchester United point of view? Chris Smalling had a good game and worked tirelessly down the right flank to get up and support Valencia and also Fellaini grew into the game when they went to a 3 man midfield and is slowly winning over the fans who said he wasn’t the right man for the club. Rooney looks to be enjoying his football at the minute and took his free kick goal well.
It’s too early judge Moyes on his performance as United boss just yet but this hard start to the season wouldn’t have helped him to silence the critics and we think he may need to get a handle on this squad and the issues he seemingly has with some players.