Football Tactics for Beginners: Tactical Periodization

What is Tactical Periodization? Tactical Periodization is a coaching methodology which is used to train football players with respect to the tactical context of the...
Ritesh Gogineni
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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 in the season after their disappointing draw against Wolves. Although at times, United dominated Wolves and should have won the game with Pogba missing a penalty, there were moments in the game when Wolves were clearly dominating possession and threatening United’s backline. Crystal Palace will certainly adopt a similar approach to Wolves as they will look to sit back and defend in a low block and hope to score on the counter.

Against sides which defend deep, United’s pace upfront will be negated as their forwards will not find any space to run into. So Solskjaer might opt for some minor changes to the team lineup and also some minor tactical tweaks.

Manchester United Predicted Starting Lineup against Crystal Palace

Juan Mata vs Jesse Lingard

It is clear that Solskjaer prefers to have pacy players who work hard, up front and Lingard suits that role perfectly. But his performances in the first two games have been mediocre and he has drifted in and out of games contributing barely to United’s attacks. Mata on the other hand is a much slower player who will not be expected to contribute much defensively but against a side like Palace, it makes perfect sense to play the Spaniard as United’s number 10. Mata has declined considerably since his days at Chelsea but he still is one of the few players in United’s squad who has the eye for a defense-splitting pass. If you think Mata’s reintroduction might help United acheive their top 4 ambitions, then do wager a bet with Premier League betting with Betway .

Pogba’s Role

Paul Pogba has played a much deeper role than usual in his first two games for United this season. Although he still tries to do too much at times and gives away possession, his passing range has been effective for United’s counter attacks. Expect him to step forward much more against Palace with McTominay sitting in front of the defence. Playing Pogba deep leaves the United defence vulnerable to counter but also helps United’s counter-attacking forward player as Pogba can ping those long balls over the top. So this deep role for Pogba is an indicator of United not being involved in many 0-0 games sone can place a no-clean sheet bet on Betway for United games.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s attacking runs

Wan-Bissaka has had an excellent start to his United career with two reliable performances against Chelsea and Wolves. But one aspect of his game he needs to improve is his supporting runs forward and his delivery into the box. If Daniel James plays ahead of him, opposing teams will sit back to counter James’ pace and Wan-Bissaka will have a of space and time ahead of him. He needs to contribute more to United’s attacks as fullbacks have become one of the most important attacking outlets in the modern game.

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