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West Ham boss David Moyes must avoid using tactic that worked against Villa vs Man United

West Ham play host to Manchester United on Saturday and we can jump up to third with a win.

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The Hammers are flying high in fifth spot in the Premier League table having beaten Aston Villa on Monday night.

David Moyes deserves great credit for mixing things up at half-time against the Villans.

We were incredibly poor in the first-half. Moyes shifted back to a 4-2-3-1 and it yielded dividends. West Ham beat Villa 2-1 and now the fans are expecting another win against United on Saturday.


Moyes opting to play the 4-2-3-1 system against the Red Devils would be the worst mistake he could possibly make, however.

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Despite winning the game against Villa, Aaron Cresswell looked shaky once again at left-back. It was a far cry from watching him boss games at the back at the left side of a three man central defence.

It will be absolutely imperative for Moyes to move Cresswell back into central defence against Manchester United, deploying a 5-2-3 or a 5-3-2 in the process.

System key to success

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are a real threat going forward, especially on the counter attack, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

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Bruno Fernandes will cause plenty of problems as well. We absolutely must be on our game defensively if we are to having any chance whatsoever of beating United.

Playing five at the back means that Said Benrahma, Pablo Fornals or Jarrod Bowen will miss out. That’s fine though. As long as we are solid and well-drilled against the Red Devils, we will have a great chance of beating them.

Let’s just hope that Moyes’s desire to get Benrahma into the team doesn’t cloud over the fact that we look so much better when we set up in a 5-2-3 formation.

The change should quite simply be Benrahma in for Fornals, whilst keeping Sebastien Haller through the middle, if Michail Antonio is still not fit.

West Ham are well capable of beating Man United on Saturday. Playing 4-2-3-1 would be a kamikaze move from Moyes, however.

Surely the Scot understands that we are a better team with Cresswell at centre-back and Arthur Masuaku at left wing-back.

We should all be confident heading into the United game. West Ham are playing well and the players are full of confidence. The system will be key to our chances of success, however.

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