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12/01/2014 11:55, Report by Sean Mullan

Fletch praises Moyes tactics

Darren Fletcher believes David Moyes’ half-time team talk was key to Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The sides went in goalless at the break, prompting Moyes to push Adnan Januzaj to the wing and bring Shinji Kagawa inside to play in the hole behind Danny Welbeck. It had the desired result almost instantly, as Antonio Valencia opened the scoring two minutes after the restart and Welbeck got the second soon after, and Fletcher praised his manager for the decision.

"He felt we could get down the left and made a subtle change by moving Adnan out there and Shinji in behind the striker," explained the midfielder. "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."

Januzaj had another excellent game as his prodigious rise continues, and Fletcher was among those impressed by the youngster, adding: "For his age, he is up there with some of the best I have seen, without a shadow of a doubt."

The Scot also enjoyed Kagawa's display, saying: "He receives the ball so well on the half-turn, he was looking to create and make things happen. He will take great confidence from that and hopefully he can keep moving forward."

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