Champions League: Stop drifting and start dominating

Champions League: Stop drifting and start dominating

GROUP A

MAN UNITED 1

(Phil Jones 67)

SHAKHTAR DONETSK 0

It was not pretty, it was not assured, it was not entirely deserved, but it was, at least, a win for David Moyes.

After two consecutive defeats at home, Manchester United wobbled and swayed under assault from an exciting Shakhtar Donetsk side, but held their nerve, took their chance and came away with a crucial victory on Wednesday morning (Singapore time).

There have been too many false dawns away in Europe to consider the possibility that this may be a turning point at home, but at least it alleviates the pressure on Moyes.

It was a half-time hairdryer of the sort favoured by his predecessor that enabled the former Everton boss to coax a better second-half performance out of his team.

Moyes was furious at his players for their inability to keep possession and their sloppiness in both attack and defence.

He was not the only one. In the TV studios, former United captain Roy Keane raged at what he had seen, telling viewers that it was not good enough and that Rio Ferdinand looked "like he was making his debut". Neither man was over-reacting.

United were utterly wretched. The arguments of those who believe that Moyes has inherited a decaying team were strengthened by the sight of their midfield.

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