How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Tactics Helped Stop Spurs In Their Tracks
Manchester United’s win over Spurs this weekend was full of attacking football with two excellent teams offering a great tactical battle. Both squads lined up in a similar way, 4 at the back, a diamond in the middle with Matic playing a slightly deeper role than Winks and 2 up-front with United’s Martial & Rashford drifting wide when attacking. Unfortunately for Spurs in the 42nd minute, their in-form midfielder Moussa Sissoko picked up a muscle injury and had to be replaced by Erik Lamela. On the stroke of half time, the English youngster Marcus Rashford deservedly put the red devils 1-0 up via a perfectly positioned Paul Pogba who exquisitely assisted Rashford. Solskjaer tactics worked perfectly, he recognised the forward position of the Spurs’ full-backs and set up his team for the counter-attack.
As the second half progressed Tottenham dug deep and showed their character forcing David De Gea to make some great saves including his excellent one-on-one block against Dele Alli. United had their chances at the other end with Pogba coming close a few times only to be denied by his international teammate Hugo Lloris.
After 90 minutes Manchester United came out on top, Spurs fought back in the second half but couldn’t find the finishing touch.