After one of the most humiliating derby performances in recent memory, United take on Liverpool in the Capital One Cup third round. Probably due to the tricky opening fixtures United have had, David Moyes hasn’t looked to his squad players at all yet, and this probably contributed to the 4-1 demolition job on Sunday afternoon.
Players like Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic all looked exhausted, and you can hardly blame them after playing three times in the space of eight days. David Moyes has to take the blame for this, but lets not forget it is something he isn’t used to. At Everton the 50-year old Scot worked with a much smaller squad, so keeping all his players fresh, health and happy was much easier. Here at United though, things are different. Players like Alex Buttner, Anderson and Javier Hernandez all have to be kept happy and get their games, and possibly these should’ve all had a spot in the starting XI in the Crystal Palace game last weekend.
The 4-1 defeat will have undoubtedly taught Moyes a lot about how things work at United, and its important that he learns from these defeats. Thats the true test of a United manager, and he must bounce back immediately. Liverpool at home gives him the perfect chance to bounce back, and prove all those doubters who are calling for his sacking wrong.
For me, Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha should get their chances tonight. The young Belgian impressed against Crystal Palace with his thirty minute cameo off the bench, and Moyes admitted that he considered playing him from the start. Wilfried Zaha is yet to make his Manchester United debut which is somewhat surprising after his excellent pre-season tour. Tonight would be the perfect game to make his bow.
With rumours surfacing that Anders Lindegaard is injured, Ben Amos could be set to start in goal, and hopefully he’ll have Rafael and Jonny Evans returning in front of him. Javier Hernandez hasn’t had his chance to impress either, so he looks almost certain to start.
Tonight is pivotal for Moyes. He needs to make sure he gets the team sheet balance correct, whilst also ensuring our place in the fourth round of the competition. If we lose tonight, then fans will continue to get on his back.