Five Talking Points: Manchester United v A-League All Stars
Manchester United responded to their disappointing first pre-season match defeat at Bangkok with a comprehensive 5-1 win against A-League All Stars in Sydney, which earned David Moyes his first victory as Manchester United manager.
The effects of an extra week of training were quite evident in United’s display, as they showed much improved sharpness and incisiveness in their play as compared to last week.
On a night where United’s youngsters shone, and the team got another ninety minutes under their belt, let’s have a look at the five major talking points.
1) United’s line up
The pre-season games can be a good indicator as to how David Moyes is planning to set up Manchester United in the season ahead, and looking at the first two matches, it is no surprise that Moyes wants to use the same recipe that United had feasted upon in most of their last two decades of successful reign.
Just as they did against Singha All Stars a week ago, United started with a 4-4-1-1 formation, with the difference being that this time they had more natural width in the form of Wilfried Zaha on the right and Jesse Lingard on the left. Instead of Januzaj, Giggs was given a free role in front of Carrick and Cleverley in the midfield, while Danny Welbeck held the forward line on his own.
Anders Lindegaard was given the responsibility between the posts, and he had the usual faces of Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones and Evra in front of him.
Although, there might be some experiments in formation expected from David Moyes in the upcoming matches, but, as of now, he seems to be content with the modern twist of the 4-4-2 that has yielded United so much success in the past.