In the hands of Erik Ten Hag, Manchester United Experiments with Two New Tactics

Manchester United's victory over Sheriff Tiraspol in the second match of Group E of the 2022/2023 Europa League left a lot of admiration. One of the new tactics that Erik Ten Hag applied in the match.

Man United initially started the game at full strength. There is nothing interesting about the first eleven, not even about the choice of formation.

But in the middle of the match, Ten Hag changed the tactics he used. These changes target the position of Tyrell Malacia at right-back and Jadon Sancho as a center forward.

The result isn't that bad. Man United finally won 2-0 over Sheriff at Zimbru Stadium, Moldova, Thursday (15/9/2022) night WIB.

Center Striker

If you look at Sancho's goal process, he doesn't move purely from the flanks, but in areas of the field that are more central. On several occasions, Sancho has also spearheaded Man United's front line.

"We have a good example in the game. When Jadon [Sancho] tried to create chances for Bruno, he played in the center forward position," said Ten Hag as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

"We scored a goal which I think was pretty good with Jadon. If we continue with this quality and quantity as well, then we are on the right track."

Right Defender

Ten Hag also admitted to doing another experiment in this match, namely by placing Malacia on the right and Shaw on the left. He is grateful for this and hopes to do it again in the rest of the season.

"We did some experiments in this game. We played Tyrell [Malacia] on the right and Luke [Shaw] on the left," he said.

"The decision turned out to be going well. At least we can try that again this season."

Smoother Strategy

Man United had languished in the first two games by suffering two defeats. After that, the strategy that Ten Hag was trying to develop went smoothly.

Man United have never lost again in the 2022/2023 Premier League. Likewise with the performance in the Europa League, although in the first match they lost 0-1 to Real Sociedad only because of a penalty.

"After ten minutes of the game running, we finally found our formation. We became safer defensively, when moving the attack, and when we had movement with the ball in the middle area, we continued to keep the ball well," said Ten Hag ended.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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