Premier League 2018/19 Tactical Analysis: Manchester United vs Chelsea

In the closing stages of the Premier League, Manchester United welcomed Chelsea in a direct battle for the Champions League spots. Solskjær’s team tried to get out of their negative form and return the good atmosphere by winning against their biggest competitors in the race for a place in Europe’s best club competition next season.

The Blues wanted to keep going down the “Sarriball” route and to continue with their progress under the Italian manager, but United’s approach kept them from three points in this game. In this tactical analysis, you will see how both teams failed to perform under pressure and how every single one of their pre-game plans fell apart due to bad on-field implementation.

The home team started the game with their strongest squad using the 4-1-2-1-2 formation with Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford at the top of it. They tried to override Chelsea’s midfield numerically with four players in that line of the team and Juan Mata as a main creative force. Herrera and Pogba provided width and support.

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