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Man United 1-6 Man City: Tactical Analysis (Video)


Manchester United fans will probably not want to watch this video as it may be too painful for some, but YouTuber JohnGME has analyzed a few of the goals from the 6-1 drubbing by Manchester City to expose the errors that United were causing. Namely, their midfielders didn’t track back well enough, and their defenders were completely exposed with only three at the back after Jonny Evans got sent off.

The video does raise the question of whether Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t do enough after Evans was sent off to shore up the back four for United. Should he have jettisoned Anderson or Welbeck to make way for Vidic while the score was still one-nil to City after Evans got sent off? In hindsight, I believe Ferguson made a catalog of errors Sunday beginning with his team selection. But it’s easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, right?

Even though it’s only been a couple of days since the Manchester derby, I still can’t believe what I saw — how Manchester City made United look so inferior. Even when Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-1 in 2009, United didn’t look as vulnerable as they did this past Sunday.

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  1. tonyspeed

    October 27, 2011 at 11:27 am

    It wasn’t that bad, the final score should have been 3-1 with a red card. I just think the team was ready for the game to at the 90 minute mark.

    • Why?

      October 27, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      I gotta disagree Tony the sending off may have affected the result slightly but you can’t just pluck 3-1 out of the air. Many sides do OK with 10 men and can even win as the opposition come under more pressure to score and not be scored against not the mention the oppositions feeling of being hard done by and up against it. City could have had 10 in that game but I don’t think you would be saying it should have been 7-1 Utd lost that heavily because of instead of damage limitation the carried on the same as if it was 1 or 2 nil and if you do that against a team with the firepower of City there is only ever going to be one outcome!

  2. Jason

    October 27, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Awesome article. Well written. I love the power shift from one Manchester to the other 🙂 Here is a video about my favorite Portuguese player:

  3. annoyingdevil

    October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    ad a manutd fan, i realized we were doom the minute i saw Evans in the starting squad, i still don’t understand why SAF will choose him over Jones or Vidic… Evans is known for losing his temper or making stupid tackles that lead to an immediate red card, i sincerely hope he gets banned from the team, they have given him too many chances and have failed miserably in all of them

  4. Todd

    October 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Interesting little video, but these points are old news. There’s no real new, insightful analysis here. It’s a simple matter of United’s poor tactics after the red. They pressed too high, played like they still had 11, and were rightfully punished.

    • The Gaffer

      October 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Todd, I disagree with you on that one. I didn’t notice how the United midfielders weren’t tracking back until I watched the video.

      The Gaffer

  5. Usafan8

    October 26, 2011 at 10:03 am

    What happened to the video analysis that Earl Reed used to do? He did a great job with those.

  6. jefry nofrian

    October 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

    manchester city is the best and perfect

  7. Christian

    October 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

    This is good stuff, thanks for sharing. I like seeing more of this as it helps seeing the game in a clearer light.

  8. Thomas

    October 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Absolutely stunned that Evans started over Jones in the back.

    Evans, as pointed out, has at least one gaff in him a game, and there’s no way he’s a better option than Jones.

    Rarely do you question SAF, but this really was a headscratcher in many ways.

    • The Gaffer

      October 26, 2011 at 8:01 am

      Jonny Evans also missed that brilliant chance in the first half to score for United when Rooney passed it to him, but he whiffed the ball and it hit Evans on his standing leg. I would like to think that Jones would have probably scored from that opportunity, which would have changed the complexion of the game.

      The Gaffer

  9. Joel

    October 25, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I may be wrong, but Vidic wasn’t in the match day squad, was he? Regardless, there is certainly for Man Utd to work on after this game.

    • The Gaffer

      October 25, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Joel, you’re correct. I remember seeing Vidic on the sidelines, but that was a camera shot of him sitting next to Giggs. Still, Ferguson could have brought Phil Jones on sooner (he waited until the 66th minute), or he could have brought one of the da Silva twins on who was on the bench.

      The Gaffer

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