Chelsea – Manchester United: United’s Counterattacking Approach Too Much For Struggling Chelsea (0-2)

Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United side bounced back from their disappointing display against PSG with a feisty counterattacking approach, again adopting a 4-4-2 diamond system for a big away game. Apart from bursts of activity from Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s possession was tame. First half goals from Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera were enough to allow United to defend deep in the second half with minimal trouble and progress to the next round of the FA Cup.

Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.

Last week, Ole Gunnar Solskjær suffered his first defeat as Manchester United manager, as they were outclassed by PSG at Old Trafford. This game against Chelsea would be a test of United’s ability to bounce back from defeat under Solskjær.

The United coach made a few changes from the lineup which faced PSG. Sergio Romero, as usual in FA Cup games this season, got his chance to start in goal ahead of David De Gea. Chris Smalling also came into the team ahead of Eric Bailly to partner Victor Lindelöf at center-back. Ahead of Solskjær’s trusted midfield trio, Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku replaced the injured Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, as United lined up with a midfield diamond with Mata as the number ten.

Maurizio Sarri is known for predictable team selections, and made only one change from Chelsea’s

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Josh Manley (20) is a student and aspiring coach. Heavily interested in tactics and strategy in football. Watching teams from all top European leagues, but especially Manchester United and Barcelona. [ View all posts ]

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