Moyes chose football instead of Fellaini and earned his stripes

by Sam Peoples

If David Moyes can be lambasted for how poorly Manchester United played for the majority of the game against Stoke, he should be highly praised for the substitutions that inspired our victory.

With an hour gone, Moyes took Nani off for Adnan Januzaj and it changed the outlook of the game. He followed that up by putting Javier Hernandez on for Tom Cleverley and Antonio Valencia on for Chris Smalling. All three substitutes played a role in the dramatic and trademark turnaround.

From a tactical point of view, Moyes proved he wouldn’t do something many United feared he might. He chose the right substitutions and United were rewarded for it.

Instead of putting Marouane Fellaini on the pitch to make him a target man for long balls, Moyes chose to play football. He took a risk to play patiently in order to create the chances rather than route one and it played to the strengths of our team.

Our XI at the full time whistle was: De Gea, Valencia/Evans/Jones/Evra, Januzaj/Carrick/Rooney/Kagawa, Van Persie/Hernandez. That’s got to be one of the most attacking line-ups you’ll ever see United play.

Moyes went for it. At 2-1 down, he threw the kitchen sink at Stoke and we won because of it. That trait was something Ferguson made traditional at Old Trafford and Moyes’ willingness to risk losing the game by a bigger margin in order to chase the victory was great to see.

Well done David Moyes, you played like Fergie’s boys and we went wild, wild wild.

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