Andreas Pereira has dropped into the 10 space on the edge of the box to link play with Martial. Although James is in position, he doesn't press with the intensity and conviction needed, understandable after a hectic opening 15 minutes. Without players capable of performing in this way, the team can only ever function below 100 per cent, which is why United are trapped in their upper mid-table purgatory. United's centre-backs shift across, the black lines link the supposed back four, Mane controls the ball with Victor Lindelof tight to him on the wing. Regardless of numerical formation, the team was composed of three centre-backs vs three Liverpool forwards, wing-backs vs advanced full-backs, a midfield designed to screen the defence and shift the ball to the forwards quickly, and two pacy forwards (Anthony Martial and Dan James) looking to exploit Liverpool's full-backs moving up the pitch.

Manchester United started the game in the right way in Liverpool’s half as Elanga and Helm were exploiting and testing their defence. The Liverpool full-back often drifts in-field or overlaps, which is difficult to defend against in a zonal system - assigning Williams to mark him eliminates any confusion when Liverpool attack. I think today was much better than last year.". Start your Independent Premium subscription today. The goalkeeper's proposed move to Real Madrid has fallen through It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more.

Over and done, it was another defeat at the end of the night for United Reserves. Martial and James can easily sprint to block a passing lane to a midfielder or wide player, discouraging the short pass to force a long ball, or encouraging a risky pass that can be intercepted. Helm was brought down injured and was substituted from Joe Hugill who made his U23’s debut not long after making a brilliant performance with the U18’s. Thorpe was United’s U21 captain and there was surprise when he didn’t make the grade. The fight wasn’t over as Mastny made two brilliant saves and two minutes before the end Charlie McCann scored a superb goal cutting down in the left wing with an excellent finish. The goalkeeper will stay at United after his transfer broke down at the last minute on Monday night when Real Madrid failed to register him in time with the Spanish football federation (the RFEF) and the Liga Futbol de Profesional for the 11pm European transfer deadline. De Gea was last offered a new contract in February by United and did not sign, staying on the five-year deal that he agreed when he joined United in 2011. You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. If Liverpool don't go long and the pass goes short to Alexander-Arnold, Williams then has time to sprint and close him down, making it difficult for Liverpool to progress. Get the latest news and rumors, customized to your favorite sports and teams. Failing to take these chances is the difference between getting a result and not in matches against vastly superior opponents - just because the team lost does not mean the manager got the approach wrong. United lined up as a 4-2-3-1 which defended as a 5-2-1-2 or 5-3-2, depending on phase of play. Once considered United’s answer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Nani leaves Old Trafford for a small fee following younger signings pushing him from the first team squad. Mejbri was one of the players that stood out as he was on the ball early on managing a few good runs, but without end product.

Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Mejbri was caught on the ball and Woodburn scored an easy tap in making the result 2-0 in favour of Liverpool Reserves. Louis van Gaal signed the specialist full back after employing winger Antonio Valencia at right-back for most of last season. United this year have to settle for a younger team and expectations of many Reserves’ debut from our lads at U18’s level. As the Italian brought the experience in the right, a fifth goal was on the way for Liverpool, this time scored by Longstaff.

Four goals in the first half and another one in the second showed the Reds how things are being done.

The squad was once again without ideas as Liverpool took advantage of the moment and scored once again.
How Manchester United attempted to keep Liverpool quiet. The best United could do in preparation was find ways to control the things they could, and if things went their way, take any chances created.

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