Wolverhampton Wanderers – Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solksjær Gets Everything Right, But Individual Errors Let Him Down (2-1)
Manchester United were superior for the majority of the game, even when they were a man down. Still, Wolves ran away with a 2-1 win, which definitely flattered Nuno Espírito Santo. Solksjær’s United put up a much better performance against Wolves compared to their recent clash in the FA Cup quarter final, but the new manager was let down by two big individual errors and a series of squandered chances.
Tactical analysis and match report by Cem Soylu.
In his second game after being announced as United’s permanent manager, Solksjær showed his reactive tactical prowess, despite losing the game. His opposition analysis and starting tactics were spot on, and he reacted brilliantly to a red card to keep his side on top.
After fielding a 4-4-2 diamond formation against Wolves in their previous FA Cup encounter, Solksjær opted for a 3-5-1-1 structure this time to match his opponent’s shape. United’s lineup had six changes from their unconvincing win against Watford in the weekend. Ashley Young started in an unfamiliar right center-back position alongside Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelöf. Fred was deployed as a regista in front of the back three, with Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay ahead of him with more offensive roles. Jesse Lingard played off Romelu Lukaku in a roaming role.
Nuno Espirito fielded his strongest side despite having an FA cup semi-final with Watford on Sunday, with the only exception being Ruben Vinagre . . .