There were a lot of positives to take out of Manchester United’s 3-0 win over West Brom on Saturday – great individual performances from Fellaini, Januzaj and Welbeck and another clean sheet – but it was the third goal which gave the biggest positive of the day.
Started from within our own half, United strung together a glorious 12 pass move, six of which were first touches, that culminated in an equally as glorious finish from Danny Welbeck.
It’s amazing how good a team can play when they have the right players on the pitch playing in the right positions isn’t it? Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck changed how United played when they came on.
Manchester United have had a horrible reliance on wing play this season and have, for the most part, completely overlooked the concept of playing the ball on the ground through the middle under David Moyes.
However, there has been a marked change in approach in our last two Premier League matches when we have started Mata, Rooney, Van Persie and Januzaj together.
In those two matches, we have scored five goals and conceded none. Sure, they were against Crystal Palace and West Brom but only two weeks before, we swung in 81 crosses against bottom of the league Fulham and drew 2-2. We’ve played so freely with that change in tactics.
Moyes has admitted Shinji Kagawa will be used ‘a lot more’ this season, it indicates it could be an approach that is going to stick – and so it should. It plays to the strengths of our team and gets the best out of us.
Against Liverpool, Moyes must not revert to his underdog complex and try to contain their attack. We won’t be able to, they are too agile. We need to put them on the back foot and dictate the game from the first whistle if we are going to beat them.