Manchester United – Leeds United: Reds Unforgiving On The Break (5-1)
Manchester United started strongly and continued to dominate for large parts of the game before turning it into a training exercise. They enjoyed plenty of chances on the break and made sure to punish Leeds United and their strict man-marking.
Tactical analysis and match report by Muhammad Raza.
The opening day for both clubs’ Premier League season saw both managers without some of their best players. This did not stop either side from putting out a quality eleven though.
United lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation on paper. Mason Greenwood had to take up striker duties in Cavani’s absence and was flanked by Daniel James on the right and Paul Pogba on the left. As expected, new signing Jadon Sancho was only on the bench. Another new signing Raphael Varane announced and presented to the fans in the stadium today.
Leeds were missing a key player in Kalvin Phillips too. They lined up in their regular 4-1-4-1 formation with Koch as the lone defensive midfielder ahead of two left-footed center-backs in Pascal Struijk and Liam Cooper. Up front, Patrick Bamford got the nod as lone striker, looking to follow up on his excellent 2020/21 season.
Leeds press high but United find solutions
Leeds started the game off in typical Leeds fashion, with Bielsa’s trademark man-to-man high press on show. The man-markers would follow the opposition player assigned to them anywhere on the pitch. United found ways to turn this into an advantage for themselves.
Leeds would leave one United center-back, usually Lindelöf . . .