I think Moyes is currently in the most important part of his progression as a manager. He may have been here a while and brought the players in, but their roles are changing and we are trying to step forward as a different side.
This season, we have looked to control games, impose our style and dominate possession. For past years we have been calling for this progression, to be less direct, patient and with a more technical interchange of passing. On the whole we have controlled games, but we have been caught out the other end, on the break too many times. So many games after 70 minutes, we've had 55% possession or more, 20 odd shots vs 2 or so shots and been losing.
You can pin all the blame on Arteta as he is the one we are possibly expecting to do more killer passes or create chances. But you need at least a couple of players that can do it, as many teams have limited us further by closing Arteta all the time. When that happens, you need players like Pienaar to step in, you need strikers to keep getting in good positions and when you create a chance, bury it once in a while.
Teams have been doing to us, what we have been doing to other teams for years. Soaking up pressure, then using the space at the other end to fashion a chance to take the lead, then protect it.
Without enough guile in the last third, from more members of the team and good movement upfront, we have become somewhat toothless. I think bringing Saha back in, was reverting to type, he doesn't always move to link with midfield as often and often looks isolated, waiting for a half chance to feed him. But getting back to winning form, from a different style isn't a quick transformation.
I think saying Moyes should have learned by now how to have players performing a more controlling style, is expecting too much. He excelled getting a team to perform with a backs to the wall mentality, but that doesn't mean he should know how to make a team play like Barca.
We don't always have the variety options of other teams, but there are some which I would rather we didn't employ but may work short term as a plan b. Fellaini going upfront with Cahill to use the aerial threat, use Vic and Coleman on the wing as more direct players to make something happen. Bringing Pienaar more centrally to have a wider range of options to create a chance, or even moving Cahill back and using Beckford as the attacking midfielder who joins the striker upfront.