Marouane Fellaini was the game’s star player, and scored the winning goal with a fine header.
David Moyes used a familiar 4-4-1-1 system, with Fellaini deployed behind Nikica Jelavic.
Sir Alex Ferguson had major injury problems at the back, with Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Rio Ferdinand all out. Michael Carrick had to play at the back, and Antonio Valencia started at right-back, with Rafael still recovering from the Olympics. Further forward, Shinji Kagawa started as the number ten, but Robin van Persie remained on the bench.
Manchester United performed as you’d expect by looking at their starting XI – they dominated possession and passed the ball swiftly across midfield, but they lacked a physical presence in midfield, and Carrick’s defensive weakness was exposed at the back. Read more »