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David Moyes wrote ‘how to win on penalties’ article back in 2010

David Moyes instructs his players before penalties at Old Trafford (PA Photos)

In a good team you win together and you lose together. The penalty shootout is the loneliest experience in football and the trick is to make participants feel they are less on their own.

The players taking spot-kicks need to know that responsibility does not weigh solely on their shoulders but is shared, and the same goes for your goalkeeper.

As a manager, you can take pressure off your men by making yourself accountable for success and failure.

You'd never go up on stage without an act so I think if you walk up to take a penalty, or stand between the posts attempting to save one, you should have a clear idea about what you're going to do.

This is where the manager and the sharing of responsibility comes in and how he prepares his team is key.

So begins a Sunday Times article penned by a top manager in 2010 entitled 'How to win a penalty shootout'.

It offers tips for coaches to get their players in the right place - mentally and technically - to hit the net from 12 yards.

And it was written by then-Everton manager David Moyes.

Yes, the same David Moyes whose Manchester United side converted just one out of five in a humiliating shootout defeat to Sunderland in their League Cup semi-final last night.

The Sunday Times article from 2010

[MATCH REPORT: UNITED SUFFER PENALTY EMBARRASSMENT]

So what went wrong?

Well, let's use his own blueprint for success and see how they got on last night.

WHAT HE WROTE IN 2010

"As a manager, you can take pressure off your men by making yourself accountable for success and failure."

WHAT HE SAID LAST NIGHT

"Our penalties were terrible ... Our keeper did his bit but we didn't execute our penalties well enough."

WHAT HE WROTE IN 2010

"If a player scores a good one in training you say: 'I like that. Can you go and practise it? Can you guarantee to take that penalty in a shootout?' This means that when your players walk up to the spot they — and, more importantly, you — have decided exactly what they’re going to do."

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Unless Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones had decided to blast theirs high and wide, United were certainly not executing a precise game plan.

WHAT HE WROTE IN 2010

"We score together, we miss together when it is penalties."

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Well, United certainly missed together...

WHAT HE WROTE IN 2010

There are drills you can do to make players better at penalties. You can get them to shoot without a goalkeeper and focus on something like accuracy by saying that every kick they take has to hit the side net inside the post.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT

Only Darren Fletcher managed to hit the side net inside the post. Adnan Januzaj and Rafael's shots were on target, but too close to the centre of the goal.

WHAT HE WROTE IN 2010

"An important point to make is that you can’t be sure who will be on the pitch at the end of 120 minutes; players you earmark for a spot-kick might get injured or be sent off or substituted. My guess is that (then-England boss) Fabio Capello knows not just his best five takers but also his next five.

WHAT HE SAID LAST NIGHT

"Ideally it probably wouldn't have been the group of players at the end that we had out that we would have chosen. Chicharito would have probably taken a penalty and people like Michael Carrick would have been involved had he still been on the pitch."

Photo: David Moyes hugs goalkeeper Tim Howard after Everton beat Manchester United on penalties in a 2009 FA Cup semi-final.