'Free strikers to score, Moyes'

'Free strikers to score, Moyes'
Louis Saha, seen here signing a shirt for Man U fan Jason Quek, says while David Moyes wanted strikers during his reign at Everton to defend too, he should let Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to express their flair.

Unleash the attackers and trust the defenders.

That, according to former Manchester United and Everton frontman Louis Saha, is what current Red Devils manager David Moyes needs to do to succeed.

Having played under the Scot for four seasons at Everton, the Frenchman knows only too well the pressing and hard-running game Moyes used to great success on Merseyside.

But while a conservative approach may have worked at Everton, a similar tack is unlikely to yield much success at champions United - not when it comes at the expense of the attacking game the Red Devils are famed for.

The 35-year-old, who retired from professional football in August, told The Straits Times on Thursday: "(Being conservative) is in his genes. He's always been very defensive because he had to at Everton.

"Now, he has Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and good wingers. If I were in his position, I would push the two (central) midfielders up and press higher on the field.

"He has to trust the defenders to face the strikers and make sure it's not the midfielders who are trying to defend."

Moyes has caught fierce criticism early in his Man United reign, after his team sputtered to three losses in their opening seven matches to lie ninth in the league.

As both manager and players adapt to one another at Old Trafford, Saha believes Moyes, a former defender, needs to be less demanding on his attacking players' defensive duties. Instead, he should allow them the freedom to express their offensive flair.

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