'United's ground, mostly their supporters, our ball' - Rodgers exposes rival's weakness

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The Liverpool manager highlights the fact that Manchester United are a team that no longer play football as they used to.

Brendan Rodgers spoke recently about how Liverpool dominated Manchester United at Old Trafford, making reference to the fact that his side had ownership of the football.

And in that very sentence he indirectly revealed the ultimate indictment on David Moyes and how far United have regressed under his management.

To put it simply, what the Scot has ushered in at Carrington show's nothing of cohesiveness in terms of attacking play and indeed play overall. There is no style, let alone substance.

To watch the two sides last Sunday was highly instructive. As Liverpool players continually lined up in triangles as the ball was moved up the pitch, United's often stood static and aimless when in possession, unable to offer an outlet for the man on the ball for fear of disobeying Moyes' 'tactical instructions'.

In place of Sir Alex Ferguson's brand of expansive football there is now slow build up play, rigid systems and at times even two banks of four.

Juan Mata stands marooned out on the wing, all the while Wayne Rooney drops deeper and deeper into midfield, looking for the ball. Sending it out wide before seeing it return into the box via endless crosses is the stuff of the early nineties, not the modern day

We should not be surprised by all this however. Everton were hardly known for vivid imagination and attacking thrust during Moyes' reign there. But we should be surprised that Ferguson didn't replace himself with a similarly minded manager in terms of the way in which football is actually played. That should have been the most important consideration of all.

Liverpool have scored more first-half goals than United have scored in total all season. If Moyes is to stand any chance of lasting the course at the twenty-time league winners he'll need to start showing more bravery with this approach in getting United scoring freely again and by implication, give them a greater chance of winning matches.

Time will tell, but given his age don't expect a turnaround too soon, if any. Jurgen Klopp anyone?

Can David Moyes get Manchester United playing with freedom again?

 

 

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