Jack McCormack

Tactical Analysis: Pressing concerns at Manchester United

‘Playing out of defence’ is an abstract concept which has established hegemony at the elite level compared to its binary abstract opponent of ‘the long ball’. This is predominantly due to the greater degree of control exerted, through using numerical superiorities and goalkeeper involvement for instance, and the potential to quickly create transitional moments through …

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Tactical Analysis: Why Manchester United are well suited to playing Leeds

Leeds use a man-oriented defensive set-up while employing the +1 principle defensively, whereby a player, typically a forward, is subtracted from the man-oriented equation to provide better coverage on the first line. This often results in a the far-side centre back becoming free as the forward responsible for both centre backs pressures the ball carrier …

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Back in Time: An in-depth tactical analysis of the 2017 Europa League final.

With a European final on the horizon, it seems thematic to journey back four years to the last time Manchester United were European Champions. This game marked the completion of the ‘treble’, under the tutelage of José Mourinho and entry to the following seasons Champions League. It can be considered Mourinho’s magnum opus during the …

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Tactical Analysis: Manchester United 6-2 Roma

Manchester United scored five goals in the second half against Roma in their Europa League clash on Thursday despite not looking particularly dangerous in the first half. This was primarily down to sloppiness in possession which transformed significantly to precise in the second half; however, a crucial tactical element somewhat explains the difference is Roma …

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Tactical Analysis: An overview of Manchester United’s pressing structure

This article is intended to be holistic, thus looking for general patterns and common occurrences rather than focusing on particular plans which varying according to opponent and players available. Manchester United typically defend in a 4-2-3-1 structure where, when the ball is central, the wingers occupy the half-spaces as to ensure compactness and prevent central …

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