Manchester United star defends Moyes' tactics against Bayern

David de Gea

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has moved to back David Moyes despite many claiming his tactics against Bayern Munich were 'negative'.

United battled hard despite being tabbed as underdogs against Bayern Munich, and came away with a 1-1 draw to take to Germany for the second leg. Their draw should have been seen as a positive after they were given next to no chance of keeping Pep Guardiola's side at bay, but instead, many decided to criticise Moyes' tactics.

Moyes has been under pressure for large parts of the season after a disappointing term, and after the 'Wrong One - Moyes Out' banner flown over Old Trafford before last weekend's game against Aston Villa, many speculated that a defeat to Bayern could be the final straw for the former Everton boss.

As a result, Moyes decided to set his team up in a way that he regularly went with against big teams whilst at Everton - to play defensively and hope to nick a goal on the counter attack or from a set piece. Guardiola's men predictably had the majority of possession, but Moyes' tactics worked as Bayern failed to really have many clear cut chances before Bastian Schweinsteiger's equaliser, whilst the United goal came from a set piece.

Some suggested that a club as big as United shouldn't be playing such a negative brand of football, but goalkeeper de Gea praised Moyes' tactics as United were able to stifle a team regarded as the best in the world.

"We played them in a proper way," De Gea said. "We didn't let them to play like they're used to and that's why they could be frustrated. I think it's important people don’t forget Manchester is a big club. Well, we are fighting against a team which I consider one of the best in the world, We had the chance to win, so we are satisfied."

United fans should expect to see more of the same in the return leg at the Allianz Arena, as Bayern will once again have the majority of possession as the Red Devils look to pinch an away goal.

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