There can be no doubt that Manchester United are a team in transition, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson with David Moyes has meant that the Red Devils must learn to play a new style of football for a new manager but with much the same squad.
There are seasoned players in the ranks, players like Ryan Giggs, Rio Ferdinand and to an extent Wayne Rooney who only know the Ferguson way and the main challenge for Moyes is to get them performing week in week out.
Sure some of the players have played different styles for different managers at different teams but at their time with United they have been geared to winning, especially the Premier League.
For Moyes it is different, during his time at Everton he had different goals, sometimes it was to keep the club in the top flight, others it was to obtain a European place and more often than not it was to make sure that the Toffees gave a good account of themselves and possibly bring home some silverware.
The closest that he came whilst at Goodison Park was the FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea in 2009.
With that in mind it strikes me how his personal goals, (not those set by the club) could be very similar, at United it looks as though he has a team that can really compete in cup competitions, if not the league.
His first real task at conquering on the domestic front begins tomorrow night when his side host Liverpool at Old Trafford in the third round of the League Cup, a trophy in which United have had recent success winning back in 2006 '09 and '10.
Despite a swing in form which has seen Liverpool first draw against Swansea and then lose to Southampton, the Reds will be confident that they can do an early season double over United, having beaten them in the Premier League clash a few weeks ago, many would argue that this is the right time to play the defending league cha,pions, who are without star striker Robin Van Persie and who are fresh from a derby day hammering (4-1) against Manchester City, and this may be true.
For me however, the new look United team under the guidance of Moyes looks to be set up for the cup, Fellaini will offer more balanced attacking and defensive qualities to the team, things that were missing when the pair first met and if Michael Carrick is allowed possession then the Red Devils could be hard to break down.
Wayne Rooney seems to be coming back to the form of old and despite poor showing in the derby, his late goal reminded all that he is a threat.
Some of the weary defensive legs such as those of Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra, all of who have played a full part in the Premier League so far, would be a worry, but these are tried and tested defenders who can show up at any given time, if not for a whole season, that said I can't see them having two bad games in a row.
It will also be interesting to see if Shinji Kagawa or Wilfred Zaha will get a run out, both have undoubted talent and if you are going to shuffle the pack the the League Cup might be the perfect arena to do so, in a tight game which I expect this to be then manoeuvres from the bench are key and that's where I think United have the edge with the aforementioned along with Tom Cleverly and Javier Hernandez possible match-winners.
At present United are around 13/8 to prevail and make it through to the last 16 and I fully expect them to do this.
Liverpool and United fans, who do you think will prevail?
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