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Crystal Palace 1-3 Manchester United: 5 Tactics from Solskjaer that won the game

  • On a night when United missed a lot of their first team members, the Red Devils put on a matured and efficient performance to earn 3 points.
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Modified 10 Jun 2019, 18:21 IST

#4 Pressing Football

McTominay was crucial for Manchester United - Premier League
McTominay was crucial for Manchester United - Premier League

Solskjaer was wary of the threat posed by this Palace side. Affording them any room on the field was out of the question, as they had shown against Leicester City. As such, even in the absence of key players, Solskjaer set his team up to play pressing football, to deny the home team any time and space on the ball.

Even though Palace started out strong, United held their shape well and refused to budge. On the ball, the Red Devils were composed and fast. But when they were without the ball, United did not allow Palace any space to impose their authority on the game.

It was a tough act to follow in the absence of Herrera and Matic in the midfield, however, McTominay and Fred tried their best to disrupt the Palace midfield. Pogba joined in the act and together the three of them managed to prevent Palace from taking control in the middle. Sanchez was also very effective in the pressing, as he was full of running until the 77th minute when he was replaced by Rashford.

Published 28 Feb 2019, 04:00 IST
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