Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United (Aggregate 3-3): 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis

Tarkesh Jha
Modified 14 Jun 2019
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#4 Ole reacts smartly to gain some control back in the game

Dalot's inclusion brought some stability back in the game

Despite leading 2-1 after Lukaku’s second goal, it was quite clear that PSG were more dominant of the two teams on the field. They were moving the ball around quicker, created more chances through slightly wider positions and always had the threat of Mbappe conjuring something special out of nothing.

Moreover, United were living on a thin line as conceding another goal would have meant a herculean task to find a way back in the match for the visiting team. After initially seeing that Bailly was uncomfortable and out of position, Solksjaer reacted smartly to bring on Dalot when Bailly was injured.

This meant that Ashley Young shifted to his original fullback position. Though Young wasn’t thoroughly convincing throughout the game, he did bring a sense of calmness and stability to the whole situation.

In the last ten minutes of the first half, United were more assertive in possession as Dalot was a formidable threat with his quick feet and accurate crossing abilities from an advanced position. United started closing down spaces effectively well and Dalot contributed diligently to both offensive and defensive duties. Also, he waited patiently in the second half and pressed the accelerator at the right time.

Published 07 Mar 2019
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