Fletcher hails Moyes tactics in United victory

Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:32am EST
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(Reuters) - Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher praised the tactics of under-fire manager David Moyes and angrily dismissed suggestions that the presence of former boss Alex Ferguson at matches was hampering the inconsistent team.

Defending champions United returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home victory over Swansea City on Saturday after three straight 2-1 defeats in league and cup action.

The victory over the side they lost at home to in the FA Cup last week came after Moyes made a tactical move at halftime, with Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj switching roles which resulted in a 47th minute goal for Antonio Valencia.

"He felt we could get down the left and made a subtle change by moving Adnan out there and Shinji in behind the striker," Fletcher told Manchester United TV of his manager's ploy.

"He also told us to raise the tempo, press a little bit quicker in their half and not let them get into their rhythm of passing the ball because they are one of the best passing teams in the league.

"We knew the right back was on a yellow card so that (moving Januzaj to left wing) was an opportunity to get at him because he couldn't give away too many fouls or else he would run the risk of getting a red card."

Former boss Ferguson was not in the crowd to see the victory at Old Trafford sealed when Danny Welbeck scored in the 59th minute but he did watch the loss to Swansea and Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Sunderland from the stands.

Ferguson has been a keen spectator at United games this season since retiring after 27 years at the helm in May but fellow Scot Fletcher dismissed media suggestions that the former manager's attendance at matches was putting on unfair pressure.

"It gets us angry because we know it is not true," he said.   Continued...

File photograph shows Manchester United's coach David Moyes pictured before the Champions League Group A soccer match against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena in Leverkusen November 27, 2013. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files