Manchester United had a resounding time at Old Trafford yesterday as The Reds continued their sumptuous goalscoring form. Leicester were expected to threaten much more than what they could muster but the defence complimented the attack.
Here are 3 things which we could learn from the thrilling game against Leicester as Manchester United face Barcelona this week:
No Eriksen, no Casemiro, no problem!
Manchester United faced a tough time at Barcelona in the first leg when talking in terms of midfield prowess and ability to control the tempo of the game. Christian Eriksen has been massive this season when it has come to exchanging passes to avert pressure or sending in line-breaking long balls to control the game.
Eriksen’s absence was felt at Barcelona as the Blaugranas dominated the midfielder, thanks to their tiki-taka tactics and young talent. The same was expected to happen against Leicester but Ten Hag got it right this time.
Apart from missing out on Eriksen through injury, United also had midfield tank Casemiro out for the game due to suspension. Considering Leicester’s recent recuperated form, Brendan Rodgers might have instructed his team to exploit the Man United deficiency in the midfield but safe to say, they failed miserably.
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The double pivot of Fred and Sabitzer worked wonders and even after the substitution of McTominay, the same remained the same which is to avoid committing too much in the front while playing a dominating midfield role.
Though Casemiro will return against Barca, the same midfield plan is expected to be employed by the Dutch manager to keep out Barcelona and win the game.