Manchester United produced some inconsistent results in Asia securing two wins, one draw and suffering two defeats which has given David Moyes plenty of issues he needs to tackle before the first Premier League game of the season.
United probably head into the new campaign as third favourites behind Chelsea and Manchester City to win the Premier League title but it’s not all doom and gloom because there were some positives to take from the pre-season tour.
It’s clear that United need Rooney’s experience and maturity as an attacking player heading into the new season, especially if they can’t add a high profile body at the top of the midfield.
United shaped up throughout the pre-season tour of Asia with Robin van Persie as the central figure in attack. That’s all well and good but United cannot over rely on the Dutchman to carry the burden of scoring the goals which will get the defence out of trouble.
The defence is a minor concern for Moyes considering the number of options he has available across his back four.
United conceded nine goals across their five matches in Asia, which created a little reminder to how United were playing at the start of last season; very open, leaving a defence which could be exploited.
Moyes has to get the back four to tighten up because it’s very important that United take pressure off of themselves and off of the attack to get the side out of trouble.
The youngsters Moyes has given a chance on the pre-season tour have been superb.
Wilfried Zaha, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj have all looked top quality during the friendly matches. They are a little raw but what they promise in creativity and attacking ability is certainly very exciting.
It looks as though Moyes is ready to give the youngsters a chance in high pressure situations which is important because them coming into the first team injects freshness and enthusiasm should United not secure a major signing before the start of the season.
Several United players have already said that Moyes has instilled an authority around the club, which is similar to how Sir Alex Ferguson went about his business at Old Trafford.
Moyes has also shown a very positive style in terms of the tactics he’s looking to use and also in the way that he trains his players, keeping them on their toes to guard against things like complacency.
“We've been together four or five weeks now and had some really good training sessions. He has implemented what he wants us to do in training and games and we can already see things coming off in matches,” said Phil Jones.
United look as though they are going to be a lot more open and less secretive than they were during the Ferguson era.
The high profile departure of Ed Woodward during the middle of the tour was not kept a secret and Moyes has been very honest and open in all of his press conferences as Manchester United boss.
It’s encouraging from a communication perspective because United fans know what’s going on at their club, they know the directions the team will head in and the ultimate vision that Moyes has over the next few years.
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