Tactical Analysis

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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Analysing Manchester United’s build-up structure – By Eric Laurie

Written by guest writer and tactical analyst Eric Laurie, follow him on Twitter here. For different reasons, the coaching staff at Manchester United have been very persistent in their use of a double pivot over the past few seasons. I assume the rationale behind this is based on a couple different factors. One of those …

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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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Player Analysis: Mason Greenwood’s performance vs Leeds United

It was an opening day win for Manchester United on Saturday and it was a win in style. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men scored five against Leeds United in a dominant performance at Old Trafford. With Bruno Fernandes securing his first hat-trick for the club and Paul Pogba registering an incredible four assists in just 73 …

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Manchester United in July – The Monthly Breakdown

While 15 Manchester United first-team players represented their country during the European Championship, others reported back at Carrington for the preparations of the 2021/22 season. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means the pre-season campaign would not be conducted abroad as usual – The Red Devils returned to the United Kingdom after their well-deserved holidays. Players and …

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Tactical Analysis: Henderson vs De Gea – A Battle of Numbers and Mentality

With two goalkeepers desperate to be first choice, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has a critical decision to make as the new Premier League season approaches. Selecting between his £350,000-a-week biggest earner, and a promising young English goalkeeper who firmly believes he deserves to be first choice. Yet this dilemma is not just one of ability, form …

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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: 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: 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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