Ollie Himsworth

Tactical Analysis: Ralf Rangnick – Tactical observations thus far

Ralf Rangnick’s introduction at Manchester United has been far from smooth given the COVID-19 outbreak within the camp, meaning the German has only taken charge of three Premier League games. Despite this, two 1-0 wins vs Crystal Palace and Norwich City respectively seemed to have steadied the ship at Old Trafford after a poor start …

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Tactical Analysis: How Manchester United should press Villarreal in the Europa League final

Manchester United are preparing to play Villarreal in the Europa League Final on Wednesday May 26th. Under manager Unai Emery, Villarreal have been interesting to watch, especially in possession, and even more specifically, during deep possession. This article will analyse Villarreal’s build-up structure and their general principles when progressing from deep, before switching attention to …

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Tactical Analysis: Leeds United 0-0 Manchester United

Manchester United drew 0-0 with Leeds United on Sunday in the Premier League, in their first visit to Elland Road since September 2011. Despite a disappointing, and perhaps anticlimactic performance and result from United’s perspective, there were a few tactical elements which had evidently been worked on in the build-up to the match, which was …

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Tactical Analysis: Comparing Manchester United’s wide dynamics

This article will attempt to provide a holistic comparison of Manchester United’s wide dynamics this season. It will focus on the various elements that are present depending on personnel, discussing advantages and drawbacks, whilst also presenting potential adjustments in order to improve all round performance out wide. It is important to note that this article …

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Tactical Analysis: Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Manchester United

Manchester United completed another comeback away from home to see off Tottenham Hotspur to cement their position in 2nd place in the Premier League. This article will provide a tactical analysis of the encounter which saw United dominate the second half and score three goals to complete yet another comeback for United this season. United …

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Match Report: Manchester United 2-1 Brighton | Late Greenwood header seals victory for United

A late header from Mason Greenwood saw Manchester United come from behind to see off Brighton & Hove Albion, which saw them build a four point gap to third placed Leicester City in the Premier League. For large parts of the encounter, United struggled to penetrate Brighton’s defensive block, creating very little in front of …

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Tactical Analysis: Manchester United’s pressing against Chelsea

Since the beginning of the 2020/21 season, Manchester United’s pressing has been largely inconsistent. Sometimes, United have displayed organised, aggressive and cohesive pressing from the front, in matches such as the 5-0 win vs RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League and the 0-2 win vs Manchester City in the Premier League. On the other …

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