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That would mean that United's line up against Shakhtar at home on Tuesday, December 10 would consist of the following personnel:
GK: De Gea
DF: Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra
CM: Jones, Giggs
AM: Valencia, Kagawa, Nani
A draw would be enough for United to top the group, but as Moyes is hopefully learning, playing for a stalemate can be a recipe for disaster or at least complacency with a team more used to taking the game to their opponents.
If he sets his team out to try and get at Shakhtar rather than purely react to their plans, he could once again walk away from a Champions League fixture at his new club with a handsome result.
Shakhtar will be determined to get a result of sorts with the prize of first place a possibility should they beat United and Leverkusen breathing down their necks for second place should they lose or draw.
The Germans face bottom-placed Sociedad on Match Day 6 and are likely to grab a big win against the Spaniards, meaning that Lucescu's cannot take anything for granted.
It's hard to understand Moyes' working at present, with the ex-Everton manager at times appearing to be trapped within the damage limitation mentality his successor on Merseyside diagnosed as the club's ailment prior to their 1-0 win over United, as per The Guardian's Andy Hunter.
So often United have blossomed in the Champions League this year before withering away to nothing again in the Premier League. Is Moyes making a conscious decision to play a fluid game in Europe and a cagey, conservative and rather comprised and rigid set-up in England? If so, it's so far proven to be a deeply flawed strategy determined to fight a war on two fronts that doesn't exist.
Evans believes the team has struggled through a crisis of confidence, as reported by BBC Sport:
The lads have lost a bit of confidence. You can tell that with the possession and creativity. Players maybe are not playing how they naturally would. That happens when your confidence drops.
United's lack of belief is likely to have many causes, not least Moyes' at times confusing approach to man management and morale boosting.
Previously this season he has publicly criticised his players—an anathema to Sir Alex's reign where the team was backed at all times—suggesting to the press that his squad lacks quality, as per Simon Mullock at the Mirror, and his reportedly unpopular training methods according to Wayne Vasey of Goal.com.
As reported by Phil McNulty of BBC Sport, following his side's devastating 4-1 defeat to City back in September, Moyes could barely hide his open frustrations with those on the pitch as he questioned their application.
Yet the manager himself has come out and declared that United's season is far from dead due to "the players—because I am working with the champions," again as reported by BBC Sport.
Perhaps then he needs to learn how to make them feel like champions before he can rely on them to play for him as they did for Ferguson—a proven winner whose reputation preceded him.
Until he can inspire his players with comparable silverware, Moyes must come up with a clear vision and identity for his United era to match the skills, intelligence and ambitions of his stars.