Sundays game between Manchester United and Liverpool shown us 2 things; 1 that Manchester United are clueless and lack creativity and 2 that Brendan Rodgers is tactically one of the best managers out there. Earlier in the season Liverpool were playing a back 5 and got found out badly against Arsenal at the Emirates. Rodgers then knew this formation would not work for Liverpool and went back to the drawing system and has now devised a system which seemingly at times is unplayable.
David Moyes on the other hand has been found out all season yet has a reluctance to change his approach to the game. The Manchester derby at the beginning of the season was just a hint that Manchester United would struggle playing this system. United have won only once against a top side this season and that was a very lucky 1-0 win against Arsenal. What David Moyes done instead of changing the formation was spend £37 million on a player who to fit in this system must play out of position. Why? David Moyes’ Manchester United side are more than capable of mirroring the system that Liverpool have found so much success from this season.
A back four with Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Patrice Evra would be much more formidable that the shaky defence of Liverpool. Manchester United don’t have a Steven Gerrard to play in the anchor role however what they do have is man who thrives on having possession and that is Michael Carrick. Carrick has been key to any United success in the last 3 years and I think he will be key for any success in the next 2 years. Fellaini has struggled this season in terms of fitness and consistency yet I believe if he mirrored the role Joe Allen has adopted this season then we would see the best of Fellaini both attacking and defending. Jordan Henderson has been somewhat of a revolution this season and has been one of the standout players for Liverpool. Tom Cleverley has undergone a lot of criticism this season yet I believe a role similar to Henderson would see Cleverley thrive. Behind the two strikers has been Raheem Sterling who has been much better than many expected this season; especially Phillipe Coutinho. However, I don’t think he’ll ever reach the heights of Juan Mata. If Mata finished with 20 plus assists a season playing behind an out of sorts Fernando Torres I think it is scary what he could behind a firing Robin Van Persie. Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez are both pivotal to their teams and I think removing either of these would be see the whole of the team change. Robin Van Persie has shown a reluctance to get beyond his man this season and this is something Daniel Sturridge has gained much success from in this system so I think Danny Welbeck would be much more suited to this formation.
Whatever way you look at it Manchester United have got a much better squad than Liverpool and without me mentioning Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez and Nani I think this formation and the depth United would have in it is freighting.
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