David Moyes has always reiterated that he is keen to uphold the traditions of Manchester United and his exploits at the start have seen him stay true to his word.
He has given plenty of opportunities to the youth with the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Adnan Januzaj and Jesse Lingard all getting chances to impress but against Bayer Leverkusen, the team showcased the most exciting aspect that Moyes’ United will have – a devastating threat on the counter-attack.
At 3-1, Robin van Persie intercepted the ball on the edge of United’s box before setting Ashley Young off done the wing. His ball inside found Wayne Rooney who had Antonio Valencia busting a gut to get in front of him and his weighted pass was fired in first time by Valencia – all in just over ten seconds (skip to 3.35).
It was a stunning example of counter attacking football at it’s finest, a trait that Sir Alex Ferguson’s United used as one of their greatest weapons over the years, just ask Arsenal.
Moyes has built the start of his Premier League reign on defensive discipline but United sparkled in the attack against Leverkusen. With a strong midfield pairing of Fellaini and Carrick, the trio of Kagawa, van Persie and Rooney were able to create chances aplenty and United made the most of it.
With City away on Sunday, the onus will once again be on keeping it rigid at the back but if United can combine a sound defensive performance with devastating counter-attacks like the one against Leverkusen, we’ll be in the perfect position to come out with a result on Sunday and get a real foothold in the title race.