Yesterday’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City still has Manchester United fans reeling inside the Football Transfer Tavern, with many furious at the defensive performance from David Moyes’ men.
In truth, City were excellent value for their 4-1 win, as they picked apart United time and time again, with Sergio Aguero terrorising Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, whilst Yaya Toure simply outclassed new boy Maraoune Fellaini in midfield.
Fellaini was never considered a natural holding midfielder during his days at Everton, and he never looked comfortable halting City’s rampant attacks yesterday. His battle with Toure in the midfield was perhaps the defining match up of the game, meaning blame should not be directly laid at the back four – who before yesterday had enjoyed a decent start to the season by only conceding two Premier League goals.
United continually found themselves over exposed yesterday, particularly down the flanks. Antonio Valencia did not seem to grasp the concept of tracking back yesterday, with both of Sergio Aguero’s goals coming from crosses deriving from his flank, whilst Chris Smalling also had a day to forget, looking quite simply unnatural at right back.
Moyes will be trying hard not to panic, but the statistics against the three big teams they have faced thus far does not make for good reading.
A goalless draw at home to Chelsea was followed by a 1-0 defeat at arch rivals Liverpool before yesterdays 4-1 derby day humiliation.
Moyes is still getting used to life in his new role and should be given more time before getting torn apart in the press, but a good place to start would be at the back.
United can ill afford more defensive performances like yesterday, and Moyes would do well to assess the many defensive options he has and simply get back to basics.
Here we have identified 5 defensive options for the Scot to ponder, and which one we in the Football Transfer Tavern think is the strongest.