David Moyes in No Position to Experiment in Final Few Manchester United Matches

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentApril 11, 2014

Manchester United's manager David Moyes controls the ball as his team trains at Carrington training ground in Manchester, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Manchester United will play at Bayern Munich in Germany in a Champions League quarter final second leg soccer match on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super

Manchester United are used to putting their feet up for the final few games of the season.

It's nothing new. Last season, they won one of their last four. It didn't matter. They had already won a record 20th title. 

In 2001, it was one win in their last five. The final three games against Derby County, Southampton and Tottenham all ended in defeat. But it was meaningless. A third successive championship had been sewn up well in advance of the final day.

United haven't got much to play for this season, either. But it's for an entirely different reason. 

There are five games left but they aren't involved in the race for the title. They aren't' really involved in the race for fourth. 

They might yet finish sixth and qualify for the Europa League, although there are plenty of fans who would rather not be subjected to chants of "Thursday night, Channel Five".

Matthias Schrader

With five games to go and very little to play for, it should be the perfect time for David Moyes to try something different. 

He could blood some eager youngsters. He might want to send Wayne Rooney on holiday to speed his recovery from a troublesome toe and pack him off to the World Cup in peak condition. Of course, as a proud Scot, he might not.

But experimentation is a luxury only afforded to managers who are secure in their jobs. And Moyes hasn't been successful enough this season for that to be true.

It would be nice if he could use the final games against Everton, Sunderland, Norwich, Hull and Southampton to have a look at some young players. Guillermo Varela, perhaps, or James Wilson. 

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09:  David Moyes, manager of Manchester United gives instructions to Wayne Rooney during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in
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On the other side, Rooney could probably do with a rest before he heads to Brazil. 

But for Moyes, it's not as simple as that.

With experimentation often comes poor results, at least at first. Even the Class of '92 lost their first game at Aston Villa in 1995. Inexperienced players make mistakes. It's part of their development.

But would Moyes survive if United won one or two of their last five games? It would certainly make life very difficult for him. Or, perhaps more accurately, even more difficult.

These final games might only be worth a few points and a bit of pride to United. But they are worth a lot more to Moyes. And he's in no position to put his feet up.


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