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Tottenham 0-1 Manchester United: 5 Tactics from Solskjaer that won the game

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14 Jan 2019, 00:56 IST

#4 Nullifying Eriksen

Eriksen looked a shadow of his former self
Eriksen looked a shadow of his former self

Perhaps one of the best creative midfielders in the world, Eriksen is the man who gets the Tottenham team running. He is the engine room of the team, their heart and the brain. He dictates the play and has the ability to open up a lot of spaces for his team to capitalize on.

As such, Solskjaer was well aware that to stop Tottenham, he had to stop Eriksen from influencing the game. And that was exactly what the Norwegian managed to do in the entire game.

Eriksen was denied any room to manoeuvre his characteristic passes and he was picked up either by Herrera or Matic. When the Danish playmaker tried to set things up from deep, Lingard was at his toes.

The midfield duo of Herrera and Matic was expected to have their hands full against a brilliant Tottenham side who attacked in unison. Solskjaer set them up to press every ball, positioning them at the centre of the park and asking them to keep an eye out for Eriksen as well.

In the end, it worked wonders for United.

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