Not knowing your best starting XI is a dangerous situation for any Premier League manager.
The wealth of players at David Moyes’ disposal this season – he’s used 27 thus far in the league – combined with Manchester United’s disturbingly inconsistent form, has left the Scot with a number of selection headaches that are yet to be resolved.
The heart of defence is a department that requires regularity, but Moyes has used six different players in the centre-back role already this term, including stand-in midfielder Michael Carrick.
Similarly, due to poor performances, the Red Devils wingers have been rotated on an almost weekly basis, and the only wideman Moyes appears comfortable depending on is 19 year-old rookie Adnan Januzaj.
The arrival of Juan Mata in January has further exacerbated the situation – Moyes now has the conundrum of fitting the Spaniard, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie into the same starting XI without compromising each individual’s ultimate utility.
Only David De Gea has featured in every Premier League match for the Old Trafford side, and barring Patrice Evra on 28 appearances, only Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick have received in excess of twenty league outings under Moyes. United’s average of 3.5 starting XI changes per match – the highest rate in the Premier League – tells it’s own story.