Sheffield United – Manchester United: Solskjær Substitutes Spark Late Comeback… And Bottle Job (3-3)
After seventy minutes of a well-structured Sheffield United in control of the game, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s formation change flipped the game on its head. Manchester United came back from two goals down, only to lose the lead in the final moments, a fantastic and entertaining Premier League affair.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Though just a point separated, viewpoints on these teams’ league position could not be further apart ahead of Sunday’s late kick-off. Chris Wilder’s team could have only dreamed of being in fifth position at this stage before the campaign had started.
Sheffield United have stuck to their unique and organized 3-5-2 system, that was pivotal to their success last season. With a heavy emphasis on overlapping center-backs to overload When one team has more players in a certain area or zone than the other team. key areas, Wilder’s structured side have so far avoided any relegation battle stress. Wilder would make two enforced changes to his starting line-up; Simon Moore replacing Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson in goal, whilst Phil Jagielka came in for the injured John Egan at center-back.
Manchester United’s tally of sixteen points from twelve matches is their lowest since the 1988/89 campaign. Ole Gunnar Solskjær may have invested in plenty of young talent, but a dearth of attacking ideas and struggles in their buildup play have held his side back from significant progress in his time in the dugout.
Solskjær has stuck . . .