Ahead of Sunday’s victory over Arsenal, there were question marks over whether David Moyes was capable of outsmarting Arsene Wenger tactically.
A deserved 1-0 win showed Moyes got it just right, with us scoring when we were on top and preventing Arsenal from having any dangerous shots on target. David de Gea had just a couple of saves to make all game and both of them came straight at him.
Phil Jones has revealed that in the days leading up to the game that Moyes talked to all the players individually so they were clear on what job they had to do. Jones, a contender for man of the match, totally restricted Mesut Ozil over the 90 minutes, but wasn’t alone in putting in a great shift.
“The gaffer set us up in a certain shape all week,” said Jones. “He went round individual players and prepared us really well. It has shown that has worked. The game needed energy, especially in the middle of the park. We needed to close people down and make an effort to win the ball back. We made it really difficult for Arsenal to play, especially in the first-half. We limited them to very few chances and coped with it really well. It was one of those games where, no matter where you play, it was just great to be involved in. It was a fiesty affair and tackles were flying in. The crowd were up on their feet and when you get a win like that it just makes it ever so sweet. Robin does that in training every day. He’s a top player. It was a great ball by Wayne, who was terrific. His workrate was excellent. Those two are on fire at the moment.”