Football Tactics For Beginners-The Modern Fullback

The modern day full back is a key player in modern football, having to supplement his more traditional defensive duties whilst supporting the attack...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9. Inverted Wingers,Carilleros,Cattenacio,Double Pivots,Medianos,Mezzalas and of course The False Nines we have got it all here for the tactic-crazy football fan!

Latest Posts

Súper Dépor! The rise and fall of Deportivo La Coruña

At the Start With the exception of a 2nd place finish to Helenio Herrera’s Atlético Madrid in 1948/49, Deportivo La Coruña have historically plied their...

The ironic situation at Olympique de Marseille

Since the American Businessman, Frank McCourt bought the club in 2016, and despite a Europa League final two years ago, OM has failed to...

Best Football Analytics Books

We have compiled a list of the best football analytics books for the casual football fan. Football analytics and data science/machine learning in general...

A look at Simone Inzaghi’s managerial era at S.S Lazio

The Lazio team of 2020 has captured the Serie A fans' attention with their incredible playing style along with strong results which has seen...

The Evolution and Political Dynamism of Football in Mussolini’s Italy

On a November night in 1934, the English national football team faced their Italian counterparts, Nazionale di calcio dell'Italia. The match was held at...

Martin Ødegaard : A ‘failed’ wonderkid on his way to rejuvenation.

Martin Ødegaard is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Real Sociedad, on loan from Real Madrid, and the Norway national...

Promising Teams We Wished Made it to The Euros

The European Championship is considered one of football's most distinguished trophies, with teams battling it out for untold glory. But what of the teams who...

Football Books

Best Football Analytics Books

We have compiled a list of the best football analytics books for the casual football fan. Football analytics and data science/machine learning in general...

The Best Football Books of 2019

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2020, we have compiled a list of the best...

The Best Football Books of 2018

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2019, we have compiled a list of the best...

5 Books every Soccer fan needs to read before the FIFA World Cup 2018

The FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and it's the perfect time to brush up your history and facts about the World...

Best Soccer Coaching Books

We have compiled a list of the best soccer coaching books which every soccer coach must have in his/her bookshelf. No matter whether you...

Tactical Analysis: Tottenham 3-0 Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur continued its impressive Premier League campaign with an efficient 3-0 win again Manchester United which saw the visitors conjure up only one shot on target. While beating United is not a big deal at the moment, the way Spurs grew into the game as United tired and then raised the tempo and scored three goals in a flash was a stunning exhibition of how Spurs have evolved under Pochettino. United on the other hand were decent in the first half but with some weird substitutions and dropping energy levels, they simply couldn’t compete with Spurs.

First Half

Man United were slightly more dominant in the initial period with Morgan Schneiderlin particularly effective in closing down Eric Dier and Dembele and not allowing the Spurs midfield to settle down. Timothy Fosu-Mensah tracked Christian Eriksen all over the pitch and was highly effective in preventing the Dane from influencing the game. Lamela from the right made some overlaps to the left but Daley Blind diligently followed him most of the time except for once when Lamela had a free header but missed the target. United, when attacking looked to get the ball to Martial but the Frenchman was wasteful most of the times. Lingard and Rashford,playing in the middle struggled to get involved and when they did, struggled to hold the ball. It made no sense for Lingard to play in the middle as he was not comfortable in tight spaces and doesn’t possess the technical skills to operate as a number 10. Someone like Lingard can be used a defensive No 10 when the opposition’s main playmaker plays deep like when Ferguson used Danny Welbeck to stop Xabi Alonso. Where as on the right, Mata was pushed back by Danny Rose and was struggling to get involved in United’s attack. Mata has got a lot of criticism recently, but he is still someone who can play the killer pass and he is the leading assist maker for United. The Spaniard was struggling to track Rose’s runs who had the whole field to run with Eriksen’s lateral movement inward. It was obvious to anyone watching the match that Mata was losing the battle and a change needed to be made.

Second Half

Van Gaal did make a change but it was Ashley Young for Marcus Rashford,a straight swap. Ashley Young, a winger who is coming back after a long injury was asked to play as a striker against the meanest defence in the Premier League. Young struggled as expected and United’s attack didn’t improve a bit. As United was tiring, Spurs were getting stronger and their improved fitness was showing its effect here. Rose was finding more and more space down the left and even Walker who was pushed  back by Martial in the first half started to get forward. But the biggest change was Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s injury which brought Matteo Darmian on to the pitch. Eriksen immediately found himself free on the left and played a delicious ball to Alli who made no mistake and scored the first goal. Darmian conceded the foul for the second and didn’t close down Rose when he put in a cross for the third goal. Juan Mata was immediately replaced after the third goal by Memphis Depay and it looked like Mata was being made the culprit as Rose found himself free on the left before setting up the goal. But it was so obvious to everyone in the stadium except to one man that Mata was being wasted on the right wing where he is not effective especially in a 4-2-3-1. Mata had been brilliant for Chelsea at times in a 4-3-3 where his defensive responsibilities are lessert. Here he was essentially a defensive winger against the rampant Rose, a role perfectly suited for someone like Lingard.

Conclusion

Lingard wasn’t substituted till the end and it only showed that Van Gaal doesn’t easily accept a failed experiment. One can call it ego or over-confidence, but there have been many instances where Van Gaal has got things wrong and its so obvious that he has to change but he doesn’t. United most likely will find themselves in the Europa League unless City collapse, so Van Gaal, after two years and spending a bucketload of money is going to leave United exactly in the same situation as it was, when he took over. For Pochettino and Spurs, this is a clear indication as to how far this team has come, they may not win the Premier League this season but the future looks bright. A few signings in the summer will be needed to bolster their squad for the next season with Champions League set to return to White Hart Lane.


- Advertisement -
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9. Inverted Wingers,Carilleros,Cattenacio,Double Pivots,Medianos,Mezzalas and of course The False Nines we have got it all here for the tactic-crazy football fan!

Related

Manchester United’s biggest transfer mistake of last summer

Manchester United's disastrous run under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer starting after their famous victory in Paris can be explained due to a multitude of factors....

Goal Analysis: Manchester United 1: 2 Crystal Palace- van Aanholt (90’+3 minutes)

Manchester United suffered a home defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday after conceding a late Patrick van Aanholt goal. United...

Man United’s predicted lineup against Crystal Palace- Ole to choose to pass over pace

Manchester United face Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday in the English Premier League. United can't afford to drop more points so early...

4 perfect summer transfer targets for Manchester United

Despite United’s excellent run since Solskjaer took over, it is still clear that if Man United want to compete with Liverpool and Man City...

Man United’s thrilling 4-3-3 formation under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a dream start to his managerial career at Old Trafford with Manchester United winning 9 out of their 10...

Simplicity The Main Tactical Revolution at Manchester United

“Paul’s one of the best midfielders in the world going forward so you should release him forward.” Those words, spoken by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after...

Where do Manchester United go from here: who next after Jose?

With losses to Brighton, Tottenham, West Ham and points dropped at home to Wolves, Manchester United are well off the place in the Premier...

Manchester United 0-0 Valencia: Tactical Analysis

IN the 67th minute of Manchester United’s 0-0 Champions League draw with Valencia, David de Gea blasted a goal kick straight into touch, the...

Latest Posts

Súper Dépor! The rise and fall of Deportivo La Coruña

At the Start With the exception of a 2nd place finish to Helenio Herrera’s Atlético Madrid in 1948/49, Deportivo La Coruña have historically plied their...

The ironic situation at Olympique de Marseille

Since the American Businessman, Frank McCourt bought the club in 2016, and despite a Europa League final two years ago, OM has failed to...

Best Football Analytics Books

We have compiled a list of the best football analytics books for the casual football fan. Football analytics and data science/machine learning in general...

Celtic drop out of KPMG’s “European Elite” report

Celtic who were the first Scottish club to feature in KPMG's annual study on European Football Clubs' valuation in 2019 have dropped out of...

Don't Miss

How Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Reinvented Total Football

Arrigo Sachi, the mastermind of the Milan side of the 80′s, had once staked a claim that the next tactical revolution in the game,...

Hungary – The Golden Team that never quite made it.

When you look back at the history of past World Cup winners and European Championship winners the usual names by in large stand out....

Barcelona Vs Real Madrid:The Dream Team vs The Galacticos

An imagining of a match between two famous El Clasico sides. The 1992 European Cup winning Barcelona team, known as “The Dream Team” versus...

Football And Alcohol

      “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” Football and booze go a long long way back, in...

The ironic situation at Olympique de Marseille

Since the American Businessman, Frank McCourt bought the club in 2016, and despite a Europa League final two years ago, OM has failed to...

Transfers

Celtic drop out of KPMG’s “European Elite” report

Celtic who were the first Scottish club to feature in KPMG's annual study on European Football Clubs' valuation in 2019 have dropped out of...

Rangers interested in former Premier League forward

According to The Scottish Sun, Rangers are keen on Saido Berahino who currently plays for Belgium side Zulte Waregem. Berahino who had a very...

Arsenal set to start talks with Barcelona for Arteta’s dream signing

The English outlet, The Sun reports that Arsenal are set to complete a deal for Philippe Coutinho this week from Barcelona. Arsenal's manager, Mikel...

Arsenal and Juventus set to battle to sign Barcelona star on loan

According to the English outlet, The Sun, Barcelona are willing to listen to loan offers for their winger Ousmane Dembele. Dembele has had an...

Man United agree deal for teenage striker

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have agreed to sign Sunderland's teenage striker Joe Hugill for £250,000. The move is still to be ratified...