Everton – Manchester United: Energetic Everton Dominate Directionless United From Start To End (4-0)
In a crucial late-season Premier League match, resurgent Everton comprehensively blitzed Champions League chasing Manchester United in an energetic display where they threatened and put United on the back foot from the first whistle to the last.
Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.
For Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Sunday afternoon’s match away to Everton at Goodison Park was almost a must-win match if they wanted to keep up their hopes of a top four finish in the Premier League. Everton, despite a rocky start under Marco Silva this season, have found form of late and have proved a match for many a top-side at home since the turn of the year. How would Manchester United react to their exit at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League? And how would Everton do the same following disappointment away to Fulham last weekend?
Match prediction, standings and implications going into the weekend.
Following their recent exit in the Champions League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and United only had the Premier League to focus on for the remainder of the season. This narrowed focus meant that squad rotation would be less of a focus for them as they battled out for a top four finish. United started the match in a 4-3-3 formation, which has been used in some form throughout Solskjær’s arrival at Old Trafford.
The balance of the three front players - in this case Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku, and Marcus Rashford - has usually remained the same. When United have altered their formation, it has come in the positioning of their . . .