Off the Ball

Wednesday 23 July 2014

United too rich to be knocked off their perch

Ger Gilroy

Published 12/03/2014|02:30

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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  David Moyes manager of Manchester United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on March 8, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
David Moyes manager of Manchester United

Manchester United's starting 11 against West Brom was about as close as we'll get to a David Moyes team this season.

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Ultimately, we saw how the team were supposed to be playing all season.

The crosses were supposed to find somebody on the end of them. The defending was supposed to be physical, the pressing in numbers and the passing preferably to a player in red.

Fellaini and Carrick as holding midfielders, an attacking trio of Rooney, Januzaj (or perhaps Kagawa) and Mata behind RVP is a potentially brilliant constellation.

United fans can begin to find some hope in the wreckage of the season.

The biggest news over the past week, though, was the leak that a kit deal with Nike has been signed. The £600m – or $1bn – over a decade means that United can fail this season but they have the finance to make sure that it's just a blip.

Moyes may be the new Souness but United won't be knocked off their perch for a generation. United aren't too big to fail – they're too rich to fail.

Irish Independent

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