Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Manchester United's Projected Formations for 2015-2016

Louis van Gaal tinkered with formations quite frequently last year, confusing even the most loyal Manchester United supporters. His determination to use different setups and play stars out of position (see: Rooney, Wayne) rubbed many up the wrong way, but some of it stemmed from lacking the right personnel. With a second transfer window under his belt, Van Gaal seems to have acquired the right players to fit his possession-dominant, high line system. How will that translate tactically? Here are the …
Is the Diamond Dying at Liverpool?

Is the Diamond Dying at Liverpool?

Brendan Rodgers implemented the rarely used midfield diamond with great success during the closing stages of the 2013-2014 season. With the substitution of Javier Manquillo for Mamadou Sakho in the 22nd minute of Saturday’s loss to West Ham, Rodgers scrapped the diamond for a 3-5-2. Does this signal the beginning of the end of the diamond or was it just a tactical switch in the face of an early deficit? Loss Against West Ham The starting formation cannot be the …
Manchester United: Explaining Louis Van Gaal's football philosophy

Manchester United: Explaining Louis Van Gaal's football philosophy

Many things have been written about Louis Van Gaal following his appointment as Manchester United manager in May. Amongst an onslaught of quotes about his perceived arrogance, stubbornness and occasional moments of inexplicable trouser dropping madness, there has been brief allusion to his ‘football philosophy’; an omnipresent vision on how the beautiful game should be played which has been ruthlessly instilled throughout his entire coaching career. A style of football that was so well executed at Ajax it led defeated …
How can Liverpool replace Luis Suarez and who with?

How can Liverpool replace Luis Suarez and who with?

In this article I will be focusing on the impact Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona will have on Liverpool FC and how they will go about finding an adequate replacement for him. This season Liverpool will have to be a completely different team and I would like to go on record and say how hard I believe Liverpool will find this process. Suarez was, by far, Liverpool's best player last season, so finding someone with his prowess and ability will …
England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

England 3 Peru 0 | Match Report & Tactical Analysis

In a game when Hodgson would be free to experiment, England’s ‘safest’ team started the game. The youngest in the XI was Welbeck (23) who already had 21 caps to his name prior to kick-off. The expected 4-2-3-1 was used, with Gerrard dropping the deepest to build up from the back, but despite easily keeping possession, penetration was very limited. Using one inverted winger was expected, but frequently England played both wide players inside, relying on both full-backs to provide …
Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

Marcelo Bielsa's tactical influence on Mauricio Pochettino | Tactics

This article was written by Jed Davies at the start of the 2013/14 season looking at Mauricio Pochettino's tactics. We thought it would be worth a re-publish now that he's been appointed Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur. The list of former pupils who attended the school of Marcelo “El Loco” Bielsa appears to be doing quite well these days: Barcelona’s Gerardo Martino and Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino are both amongst that long-list. In hindsight it would have been an obvious choice …
Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 | Match Analysis

Manchester City 3 West Brom 1 | Match Analysis

Manchester City lined up in their usual 4-4-2 shape, led by Dzeko and Aguero. Fernandinho and Javi Garcia occupied the central midfield spots in the absence of Toure, flanked by the usual Nasri and Silva, who roamed from their positions constantly behind WBA’s midfield. Hart in goal, supported by a defence of Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis and Gael Clichy. Coming to the Etihad, WBA set up in a similar 4-4-2/4-4-1-1 system. Another English ‘keeper, Ben Foster started in goal behind Jones, …
Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Everton 2 Manchester United 0 | Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

David Moyes' return to Goodison Park for the first time as manager of Manchester United ended up being the match in which his side was officially eliminated from the possibility of a top four finish and Champions League football next season. There was practically no hope that a top four finish could be achieved anyway, but it is ironic it became official against his old side, Everton. An Everton team that stepped onto the pitch knowing they needed three points …
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