Manchester United – Liverpool: Solskjær’s Change Of System Only Enough For A Draw (1-1)
Manchester United came into this game with a tactical surprise as Ole Gunnar Solskjær deployed a new 5-2-1-2 system against Liverpool. United’s pressing was able to blunt Liverpool’s attacking play in the first half and they were able to catch the away side on the counterattack to go ahead. In the second half Liverpool made changes of their own and applied pressure against a deeper United defense, which eventually paid off as substitute Adam Lallana equalized late on.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
A home fixture against Liverpool is always one of the biggest games of the season for Manchester United, but this match came at a time where Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side were badly out of form. They had gone five games without a win in all competitions, and only had three wins in total so far in the season.
Solskjær decided on a change of system for this game, with the team sheet prior to the game suggesting some kind of three center-backs system would be deployed, as opposed to the 4-2-3-1 system United have been using so far this season. Axel Tuanzebe was due to start alongside Victor Lindelöf and Harry Maguire in the center of defense for United, however Tuanzebe was injured in the warmup, meaning that Marcos Rojo stepped into the backline as a like-for-like replacement.
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