After demolishing Swansea on opening day in Wales, Manchester United has failed to capitalize on their many chances and use their dominant style to successful fashion. Coach David Moyes is having slight trouble leading United on their glory line if you will as they seem to be slipping off every now and then. Let’s take a look at his adventure thus far.
In the Premier League opener, United defeated Swansea by a score of 4-1 in Wales. This score right here showed us all that they are going to be extremely dominant again during this season.
However, sometimes fortunes do take a sour turn.
United tied Chelsea 0-0 on home ground before losing 1-0 at Liverpool with both results giving them the deserved amount of points (one and none respectively).
The team is playing good consistent soccer under the 4-2-3-1 formation, but they are not finding the net as easily as they did in week one. If they cannot find a way around this soon, they will not only drop lower in the league standing but they may not even win their Champions League groups.
Now, we take a look at the UCL group and see how they can match up and where they could realistically finish.
Manchester United will face the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Shaktar Donetsk and Real Sociedad.
Leverkusen: They recently allowed their best winger in Andre Schurrle to depart to Premier League hopefuls Chelsea. Now, they rely on Stefan Kiessling to score most of their goals and new transfer Emre Can as their No. 10 to orchestrate attacks. The team is full of talent that does make many mistakes during games which could be exactly what United will use to win both of their meetings.
Shaktar Donestk: The Ukrainian side let go of many of their starlets recently including Willian roughly a year ago and most recently Henrikh Mkhitaryan who was their most influential playmaker/scorer in recent times. However, the team is very strong on home ground and slightly susceptible on the road. If Moyes constructs truly intelligent game plans, they could definitely be defeated.
Real Sociedad: By defeating Lyon 2-0 in both legs of the UCL play-off round, the team successfully shocked the French side twice and fully deserved to make the group stages of this prestigious tournament. Antoine Griezmann, Carlos Vela and Seferovic are their best attacking players who make things happen constantly on the attacking front.
If United play their cards right, they could easily win this group, but if a few errors are made, they will be guaranteed a second place finish. This is European competition which means they will be facing different styles of soccer which could be tricky. Since this will be the first time Moyes is coaching this side in Europe, he may face some trouble. If he gets past that, this team can definitely go far.