United's tactical deficiencies highlighted by ex captain, Moyes didn't react

David Moyes Interview - 23/02/2014

Former Manchester United right back and current Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville suggests his old side were naive against the reigning European kings.

Manchester United failed to cope with the movement of Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben and, despite the Bundesliga side's predictability in attack - even over the course of the two-legged Champions League quarterfinal - David Moyes failed to a: inhibit the Dutchman's effectiveness and b: did not respond well when the game reached it's climax at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday evening.

"I think Bayern have been predictable," summarised former United captain and right back Gary Neville to Sky Sports.

"You have to deal with the two wide players. Pep Guardiola teams always keep the ball, but they have the star quality. Robben is the one that, in the European Cup final last year and [in Germany on Wednesday] turned it on and you have to deal with him - he's a special player."

Midfielder Michael Carrick did provide cover on occasion in the first half if one of United's centre backs didn't react to Robben, however, the Bayern attacker's rampaging running eventually got the better of a substandard United.

"There were examples in the first half… every time Robben cut inside, then Michael Carrick or one of the centre-backs were quickly going up to him. When the game became end to end, it just did not suit Manchester United. It's got to be more than one versus one when you're dealing with Robben cutting in on that left foot. You have to have a midfield player sat in there waiting for him so it almost puts him off and makes him go back.

"They didn't have him there because they were up the pitch looking to score."

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch