Wolverhampton Wanderers – Manchester United: Wolves Pull Off Another Stunt And Reach FA Cup Semifinal (2-0)
Wolverhampton Wanderers produced another stunt at Molineux. Their success was based on a great defensive organization and directness when the ball was won. Manchester United’s lack of width was a problem all game long, and after a close first hour the game went Wolves way.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
For the top-six teams, playing against Wolves this year is not fun. Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have all lost points against Wolves, who also knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup. While being this impressive against the top teams this season, Wolves have struggled against teams that give them the ball and retreat in a defensive stance.
After persisting with a 3-4-3 / 5-4-1 shape for most of the season, Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo has favored a 3-5-2 / 5-3-2 formation in recent weeks. Defending in a low block A low block refers to a team that retreats deep in their own half out of possession, generally only disrupting their opponents around their own box. with three midfielders instead of four is a bit less defensive, and having two strikers on the pitch provides a bit more of an outlet. On the other hand, pressing is harder because there are no wingers, and two forwards have to cover the entire defense if there is no support from either midfielders or the wingbacks.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær went for the 4-4-2 diamond formation that has been a common theme in recent weeks at Manchester United. Jesse Lingard featured as the number ten behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, with Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Mati . . .