_ap_ufes{"success":true,"siteUrl":"the4thofficial.net","urls":{"Home":"http://the4thofficial.net","Category":"http://the4thofficial.net/category/leagues/scottish-league/aberdeen/","Archive":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/03/","Post":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/03/everton-linked-la-liga-beast-koeman-go-ahead-deal/","Page":"http://the4thofficial.net/how-to-submit-an-article/","Attachment":"http://the4thofficial.net/?attachment_id=38576","Nav_menu_item":"http://the4thofficial.net/2017/02/johnnbet/","Wpcf7_contact_form":"http://the4thofficial.net/?post_type=wpcf7_contact_form&p=2192"}}_ap_ufee
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (L), Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (R) celebrate their win on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Manchester United at The London Stadium, in east London on January 2, 2017.
Manchester United won the game 2-0. / AFP / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tactical Analysis: How Manchester United Overcame An Unlucky And Stubborn West Ham To Make It 6 In A Row

Manchester United went on to beat an unfortunate West Ham, who were victims of some horrific refereeing last night. An insane red card to Feghouli ruined things for West Ham as they had to play with ten players for pretty much most of the game. United, however, did not build up on this until some substitutions later on which, were calculative, brilliant and highly effective from Mourinho.

Lineup

lineup

Manchester United found their in-form centre-back pairing back in the starting lineup as Bailly left for the AFCON. They decided to rest Martial and went ahead with Lingard on the left while the centre midfield was the favourite trio’s return. Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic, and Valencia carried on from the previous game while Darmian started in place of Blind.

Tactical application due to the absence of Feghouli

attacking-movement

United played a 4-3-3 and the loss of Feghouli meant that their best bet was to stretch the opposition as wide as possible. The wingbacks had lesser attempts at risky passes and the wingers aimed to stretch the opposition.

Rojo and Jones pressed higher up while in an attack, moving through the middle of the pitch whenever the opportunity arose. This was true majorly in the case of Rojo who also managed to create a key chance. United used the central players to exploit gaps while the wingers and wingbacks made it harder for the defenders to keep the opposition (United) in check.

Bringing on Mata and Rashford

substituion-1-and-2

Despite being down to 10 men credit must be given to West Ham who managed to hold the fort for more than half the game. It became inevitable that the team needed some creativity and pace. Darmian was taken off after the first half while Mata was brought on. This move saw Carrick shifting defence while Mata played in the centre with Herrera occupying Carrick’s role. Rashford was brought on to replace Lingard and things really kicked on for United with the two combining in a deadly move to score the first goal of the night.

mata-goal

Mata’s Goal via Rashford | Source: – Squawka

Rashford was, in my opinion, the most influential player for United having tested the opposition several times. While United didn’t capitalise on all his attempts, the gap between him and Lingard was inevitable in this game. Once United got the goal, Mourinho decided to shift back to a more balanced option bringing on Smalling and taking off Mkhitaryan. This saw Mata move up to the right and Smalling in defence; substitutions like these are quite adventurous and Mourinho has been making the right calls from time to time.

Conclusion

United made use of their wide players to breakthrough West Ham and it worked. It is true that the second goal was a fortunate one and on any other day the game could’ve been West Ham’s had it not been for the red card and De Gea’s brilliance but if we were to consider chances United could’ve dealt more damage from the movements of Rashford and Mata, who, in my opinion, were instrumental in United’s win. The unbeaten run continues but upcoming fixtures can possibly reap some benefit for a consistent United.

The following two tabs change content below.

Rainar Angelo

An ardent follower of Manchester United who in his spare time likes to unravel mysteries of football and music.

Facebook Comments

comments

Share This Article

Another Bale-esque Transfer? Why Real Madrid Has To Try And Sign This Tottenham Hotspur Star

Next Story »

Liverpools’ Draw With Sunderland Showed That Klopp Has Another Transfer Headache To Deal With

T40 SCOUTING

  • MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 19:  Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

    A Borussia Dortmund Fan On Whether Liverpool Should Raid Klopp’s Old Club For This Star Defender

    11 hours ago

    As per the Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly keen on bringing Matthias Ginter in his squad. The Borussia Dortmund centre-back, who was touted as one ...

    Read More
  • LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04:  Krystian Bielik of Arsenal battles with Lukas Nmecha of Man City during the FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on April 4, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Arsenal Loan Update: How This Defensive Midfielder Is Turning Into A Beast At Birmingham City Under Zola

    3 days ago

    Birmingham City might be loitering aimlessly in the doldrums of the Championship table, but Premier League outfit Arsenal are keeping a watchful eye on the progress of ...

    Read More
  • Lyon's French Algerian midfielder Rachid Ghezzal celebrates at the end of the French L1 football match between Lyon and AS Saint-Etienne at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Decines-Charpieu near Lyon, southeastern France, on October 2, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZES        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)

    Everything You Need To Know About Middlesbrough Sending Scouts To Watch This Right Winger

    1 week ago

    Middlesbrough scouts attended both of Lyon’s games last week against Roma and Toulouse and were reportedly watching Rachid Ghezzal. Ghezzal has emerged as a summer target for ...

    Read More
  • Hoffenheim's forward Mark Uth and Dortmund's Spanish defender Marc Bartra vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between TSG Hoffenheim and BVB Borussia Dortmund at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Sinsheim, southern Germany, on December 16, 2016. / AFP / Amelie QUERFURTH / RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050
        (Photo credit should read AMELIE QUERFURTH/AFP/Getty Images)

    Complete SWOT Analysis Of This Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Target

    2 months ago

    German Bundesliga has always been the factory of producing fine talents who go on to become the superstars in due course of time. Many also attract interest ...

    Read More
  • Monaco's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko (R) vies with Caen's French-Beninese midfielder Jordan Adeoti (L) during the French L1 football match between Monaco (ASM) and Caen (SMC) on December 21, 2016 at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco. / AFP / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

    SWOT Analysis of Chelsea’s Latest Transfer Target: What Can This Youngster Offer?

    3 months ago

    After the 2015-16 season, which was handicapped by managerial ramifications, off-field tantrums and shambolic performances, Chelsea seems to be back in the groove. Antonio Conte’s appointment at ...

    Read More