Manchester United boss David Moyes will be hoping for an instant reaction from his Manchester United team as they head into another difficult match away at Liverpool.
It’s the one match where winning is all that matters for both sets of supporters so it’s probably not going to encourage too many United fans after learning that Moyes has never won a Premier League game at Anfield.
However, things have changed, he’s developed as a manager and he’s at a different club with a much better squad of players at his disposal to choose from.
United’s chances of beating Liverpool are very good if they set up in the right way and use the right tactics throughout the game.
Liverpool are very much a side that like to dominate the ball, keeping possession and moving it from defence to attack very quickly.
The first half of this fixture last season showed just how dominant Liverpool can be at home when every single one of their players is fired up for the match and something close to top form.
The best way for Moyes to break his Anfield duck is to setup to counter attack, which may sound a little negative because generally United are one of the best attacking sides in the country.
Moyes can pick a solid back and midfield four, with Wayne Rooney providing the luxury of a player who can hover at the top of the midfield to make it five across the middle but also someone who can join Robin van Persie in attack.
Liverpool are very slick in terms of the way they ping the ball through their midfield and their movement, creating space for the attacking players in the side to exploit.
It wouldn’t be a park the bus tactic on the part of Moyes, more a tactic designed to overcrowd the areas that Liverpool generally like to play their football in.
United have several players who can steal the ball, tackle well and intercept and they have a pair of attackers in van Persie and Rooney who know perfectly well how to setup on a counter attack.
It could well be a throw back to Moyes’ Everton days when he got his best sides at Goodison Park to set out their stall early, stay well organised and stubborn in the face of teams looking to rip them apart.
It’s also going to be a result which relies a little bit on luck because a side can have the best tactical system ever created but if the big decisions go the other way, all the thinking, planning and hard work can turn out to be pointless.
If Moyes can secure his first win at Anfield, not only will it be a huge relief to him personally, it will improve his status with the club’s supporters because it would have been a victory against the club’s arch rivals.
Can United win this weekend? How do you see the match panning out?
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