A battle of resourcefulness between the two tacticians, both outside and inside the head, took place. Through tactical changes, both teams scored goals, demonstrating how influential the manager is.
On the 14th (Korean time), Manchester United, who played round 18 of the 2022-2023 English Premier League (EPL) at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, won 2-1 against Man City.
Manchester City’s points stood at 39 points. Manchester United caught up to the bottom of the chin with 38 points. 1st place Arsenal have 47 points if they win the 18th game and have a chance to overtake Man City by 8 points.
The efficiency of the starting lineup was superior to Manchester United. Manchester United manager Eric Tenhagh has recently replaced Harry Maguire at centre-back with Luke Shaw. Since the opponent was Man City, which had the strongest attack power in the league, it was questionable whether Shaw’s use of a central defender would work well this time too. Manchester City were the top scorer with 45 goals in their preceding 17 matches. It was a big gap from Manchester United’s 27 goals. In addition, it was unknown whether Shaw could stop it because Man City’s 195cm tall striker Elling Hollan was holding out at the forefront.
Man Utd’s actual defense complied. Despite Man City leading the possession with more than 60% possession throughout the first half, only two shots were made, and except for a mid-range shot by defender Kyle Walker in the first half, only one shot was made with attacking work. It was a level where the ball did not go to Halan at all. United defended well with centre-back Raphael Varane at the center, and Shaw kept pace.
After Manchester United defended well, they threatened Manchester City’s defense several times with quick counterattacks, and the combination of left and right wingers worked well. Manchester United deployed Bruno Fernandes, who has excellent long passes, as the right winger, and Marcus Rashford, who has excellent speed, as the left winger. When Fernandez made a diagonal long pass from the right, Rashford received and penetrated, which worked several times.
Manchester City, who had been pushed back, scored the first goal through a tactical change by manager Pep Guardiola. As the partial tactics improved in the early part of the second half, Man City was already in the process of increasing the initiative. In particular, the combination worked from the right flank, with left-footed winger Riyad Mahrez moving inside to pull the defense and creating room for passing to right-footed midfielder Kevin Debrawiner. Here, Jack Grealish, who was substituted in the 12th minute of the second half, scored just three minutes later. De Bruyne’s short cross was finished by Grealish with a header.
At the beginning of the second half, Manchester United’s attack was frustrated as Anthony, who was put in instead of striker Anthony Martial, was not visible. In the 27th minute of the second half, coach Tenhach removed attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen and replaced winger Alejandro Garnacho. From this time on, the Manchester United attack combination was Rashford in the front line, attacking midfielder Fernandez, and wingers were left Garnacho and right Anthony combination. 안전놀이터
Two goals were scored in this combination. Fernandez was able to increase the rate of forward penetration rather than spraying the ball from the rear, and Fernandez scored in the 33rd minute of the second half. Then, in the 37th minute of the second half, Garnacho received a ball from Fernandez to the left, and Rashford scored with a ground ball cross, and the substitution worked perfectly. In the case of an equalizer, there could be a misjudgment controversy, but it was not a come-from-behind goal.
Manager Tenhach was not pushed back in the battle of resourcefulness with manager Guardiola. Man United’s rise has been even more powerful.