What Will David Moyes' Manchester United Look Like in 2013-14?

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What Will David Moyes' Manchester United Look Like in 2013-14?
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David Moyes has been confirmed as the new manager of Manchester United, taking the reins in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

Sir Alex Ferguson announced his decision to retire at season's end on Wednesday, causing widespread shock and speculation over who the new man would be.

Everton manager Moyes quickly emerged as the favourite, and now both clubs have confirmed that one Scotsman will replace another after the final two games of the season.

Speculation turns to how Man Utd might turn out under Moyes, and we take a very early look at the possibilities here.

 

Formation

Moyes has favoured the 4-4-1-1 formation for more than four seasons now, and with the players at Manchester United, there's little doubt he won't stray too far from it.

We can safely predict this will be one of the shapes he turns his players out in, so we've constructed a possible XI using it.

 

Surefire Starters

Moyes places a large amount of emphasis on using both flanks well and switching the ball quickly.

Ever noticed that Everton have struggled without Darron Gibson? What was seen as a bargain, depth purchase of £500,000 was actually the penultimate piece to the Goodison Park puzzle, as his passing range is sublime.

Being able to shift from one side to the other within seconds is huge for Moyes, and having the players to do so opens up all sorts of attacking prospects.

Rafael is developing into a wonderful attacking full-back and his place is secure, while Antonio Valencia's ability to hold the width will see him given another chance.

Ashley Young was a constant thorn in Moyes' side when Aston Villa and Everton would duel in previous years, and you can also bet he'll look to utilise him from the left.

Michael Carrick is obviously safe, while Robin van Persie is the easiest selection of them all.

 

Questions to Be Asked

Many will look at Moyes' 4-4-1-1 and suggest Shinji Kagawa doesn't fit the No. 10 role due to his use of Marouane Fellaini there, but it's important to remember his playmaker hasn't always been of mammoth proportions.

Mikel Arteta aced the No. 10 role for long periods as a Toffee, and the Japanese star might just find himself in a super position here, playing in his preferred role.

The centre-back contest is always an interesting one, while Tom Cleverley's hard work will always gain him favour.

Patrice Evra is an interesting one: His form has drastically improved recently, but depth at left-back is still a concern after Alexander Buttner's lack of appearances and apparent suitability for left-midfield.

Leighton Baines has long been linked to United (via The Daily Mail) and his name will appear in spades this summer. Fellaini, too, is eager for UEFA Champions League football and remains an easy correlation.

How do you think Moyes will organise Manchester United?

 

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