David Moyes must not play 4-4-2 and must play Kagawa this weekend

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We take a look at what Manchester United boss should experiment with this weekend against Crystal Palace.

Last weekend David Moyes tasted defeat for the first time as Manchester United manager in a competitive fixture, and it would have been a bitter pill to swallow that it was his old nemesis Liverpool who did the job at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge bagged the only goal of the game early on and United could not take the initiative and fight back for a draw in a generally even game - that United could easily have come away with one or three points.

The team did however seem to be missing just one extra dimension, that spark of creativity from the middle of the park that can win you a game. That spark that has left the legs of the ageing Ryan Giggs and that Paul Scholes used to deliver - a spark they did not replace in the acquirement of Maraoune Fellaini on transfer deadline day.

But the basic formation that Moyes used did not exactly implement creativity in itself. Sugar-coat it all you like as something different, but Manchester United played a 4-4-2.

When at Everton it was something that worked for Moyes - a structured and balanced team - but now he is at United things must become more fluid, and he simply cannot play a 4-4-2 again this weekend.

The opposition are Crystal Palace, who some may view as pushovers - but they will certainly give United a run for their money, Ian Holloway always did with Blackpool and that won’t change.

The simple fact is that the way they lined up against Liverpool last week was prehistoric, Welbeck sitting behind Van Persie with extreme wide-men - it might have worked at Goodison Park but it simply won’t at Old Trafford.

Then there are some of the players that started the game. Ashley Young, is in my mind vastly overrated and he proved that at Anfield, while Nani’s late introduction offered something different it was often as frustrating as ever.

The fact he gave Nani a spot on the bench ahead of Shinji Kagawa is quite amazing. The Japanese international shined on international duty recently, and his footballing intelligence and creative ingenuity is exactly what was missing from the final third.

If Kagawa does not feature against Palace this weekend then there will be uproar among the United faithful, who are already bemused by some of Moyes decisions this season.

But hopefully it is all part of the learning curve. He boxed safe at Anfield, picking a team that would not look bad on paper but would not do a job on the pitch. This weekend he needs to come out swinging.

Here is the team I feel Moyes should play this weekend …

                                                                          David De Gea

                               Antonio Valencia       Rio Ferdinand        Nemanja Vidic        Patrice Evra

                                                      Michael Carrick            Maraoune Fellaini

                                                                         Shinji Kagawa

                                       Nani                                                             Danny Welbeck

                                                                    Robin Van Persie

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