I agree that after 2007/08 - the quality of United football took a nose dive in terms of attacking excellence and relied heavily on their pre existing defensive structure which still seemed to keep going.
Oct 19, 2021 • 19 tweets • 8 min read
𝐈𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐝 (𝟒-𝟑-𝟏-𝟐) 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 - 𝐓𝐡𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝
✅Easy Build Up v 4-4-2 but difficult v 4-3-3
✅Solid in Low Block but energy sapping
❌Unsuited to high press/chase lead
✅Ideal Player Profiles
❌Not ideal for Grassroots
- CB’s split creating space for CDM to receive
- FB’s push higher to provide options after initial breakout)
- CM’s may need to drop short to facilitate progression from defensive third
- CF's may need to pull wide to provide direct passing option
England made a blistering start, once again combining down the left. The mids went wide in order to progress the play and Shaw's wonderful one touch flicks and passes kept finding Sterling.
It soon got clocked on to and Denmark shifted across, flooding that area with bodies.
Jul 7, 2021 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
A study of Southgate’s in-game pressing strategies and variations.
#ENG chose their moments when to retreat and go for the jugular in their win against Germany.
Expect the same against #DEN - a team that generally likes to remain aggressive.
Shevchenko turned what is a lightweight but proactive Ukrainian side into a low block 5-3-2 side. These players lacked the natural instincts and familiarity with the set up to make it work.
England had men who go inside and outside - Spain take notice of how to beat low block.
Pre Sancho signing, United have really struggled down the right hand side. At one stage they even put Rashford there but he did not look happy at having to vacate his favoured left sided role.
Greenwood and Mata, came inside often and AWB did not bomb on enough...
The Czech man-marked the Dutch from Steklenburg's goal kicks adopting an aggressive 4-3-3 marking a 3-4-3. This made it impossible to play out from the back and forced the Dutch long... where there was no Weghorst as a target man.
Hungary gave France an awful lot of trouble down their supposedly rock solid right side of defence. Varane looked very unfocused and laboured and he did not marshal this half space well.
Hungary used third man runs to exploit this briliantly. Credit especially to Fiola...