As comical as the United fan in the video below’s rant was, he has a valid point. Moyes is too defensive. His substitutions against Southampton stank of nerves and a safety first mentality. He might well have seen the sense in replacing Rooney with Smalling as United looked to steal all three points. Get that bus parked were probably his final instructions to the stopper.
The change backfired however. It’s easy for me to say this from the comfort of my own home but attack, especially at a top club like United, really is the best form of defence. Rooney’s removal not only suffocated United’s attacking threat and ability to retain possession but it served to encourage Saints forward. Like a shark smelling blood they circled the United goal late on and grabbed the goal they duly deserved.