A 2-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion at home meant that Moyes had gone from hero to zero in no time. The home defeat also meant that it was Manchester United’s worst ever start to a Premier League campaign. So let us take a look at the five major talking points from the game.
Nani shows United what they have been missing
There were times in the first half, when it looked like the Portuguese winger would be the man to solve Moyes’s problems. There times when Nani toyed with the defender, lulling him into a false sense of security before beating him and whipping in a delicious cross, which no one was able to capitalize on. Much of United’s problems in the first few games stemmed from the fact that he could settle on a set of wide men who were capable of delivering the final ball.
Even in the last 15 minutes, when United went for broke, it was Nani who looked most likely to score. Moyes would certainly do well to give him an extended run of games and give him some much needed confidence. And whilst the Portuguese winger can be infuriating at times, he certainly looks like the man best equipped to provide something out of nothing.
Moyes shows that he isn’t averse to taking a chance
Moyes surprised a few by starting the game with Nani and Kagawa on the wings and Rooney and Chicharito up top. After impressing in the game against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup, Chicharito was given the nod ahead of Robin Van Persie, who was on the bench, recovering from his injury and there was also no place in the starting line-up for Fellaini. Nani and Kagawa also started ahead of Young and Valencia, both of whom haven’t had terrific starts to their seasons.
The inclusion of Kagawa in the starting line-up meant that Moyes was just waiting for him to come back to full fitness before playing him completely. But, the Japanese playmaker was substituted at half time and was replaced by the Belgian youngster Januzaj, who again showed glimpses of his extreme pace and incredible close control. All of which, showed that when push comes to shove, Moyes wasn’t shy of making changes and ensured that everybody in the lineup was there on merit.