Manchester United – Everton: Roll Of The Dyche Leaves Plenty Of Spaces (2-0)
Sean Dyche was forced to change his hand, but the switch to the 4-4-2 formation did not go well. Manchester United had routes through and over the top against a frantic Everton defense, before the axis was changed in the second period.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
In years past, games between United and Everton represented a craving for identity, despite being on very different trajectories. Now in 2023, both have acquired coaches with very different but strong play styles, now meeting at the crunch time of their respective seasons.
Erik ten Hag has got his team over significant boundaries, but they have looked a lot more vulnerable when having to dip into the depth of the squad. After a pedestrian performance at Newcastle, the pressure was on the midweek game against Brentford in the context of Champions League football. An inverted Luke Shaw gained entry through their opponent for important points, but Tottenham and Brighton still lurk over their shoulder with nine games left.
Everton was pierced through the massive gaps they left, the last time they arrived at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. Since then, Frank Lampard has fallen upwards to Chelsea and Sean Dyche has offered better hopes of Premier League survival. The relationship between those on the board and those in the stands has never been so toxic: Dyche . . .