Moyes will 'not change approach' tonight… more crosses?

Manchester United take on Arsenal this Wednesday evening at the Emirates hoping to bounce back from their 2-2 draw with Fulham at Old Trafford last weekend.

The reigning Premier League champions conceded a late equaliser to Fulham via Darren Bent, which manager David Moyes described as ‘diabolical’ but with both his defensive and offensive setup coming under scrutiny following the game, the manager insists he will adopt the same approach tonight against the Gunners.

"You just continue doing the right things. Keep going and your luck will change, there's no doubt about that,” said the Scot.

"We'll go and play the way we are. We are a top side and hopefully we'll go and show that we are. We'll play well and do everything we can to pick up all three points."

The manager has had a tough season at Old Trafford coming in to replace Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years in charge but it is not only the results that leave United in 7th position in the Premier League that have come under fire – the style of play and approach has been a matter of contention and debate for the fans and media.

United pumped in 81 crosses against Fulham with just 18 of them finding a Manchester United player. No.10 Wayne Rooney and striker Robin van Persie exchanged just 6 passes across the 90 minutes against the Cottagers with the Dutch ace rendered ineffectual for large portions of the game.

Despite United’s astonishing 75% possession and 31 shots, they managed just 9 on target, representing a 29% accuracy rate and a 6% conversion rate in their shots to goals.

However, the boss is intending to stick to his guns against the Gunners, insisting that his team will play to his system.

"We played well and, in any other game, would have scored many a goal," he explained.

"Everyone keeps telling me about the stats and the opportunities we had. We had plenty of chances to win the game.”

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