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Tactical Thoughts On Shinji Kagawa

There has been much debate amongst United fans about Shinji Kagawa recently. Some feel his first year at the club has been a disappointment and that he is unlikely to make the grade, whilst others feel he has great promise and will blossom in the years ahead. It’s safe to say that the jury is [...]

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Tactical Preview: Manchester United vs Real Madrid

And so we go to Old Trafford for the second leg. A 1-1 draw in Madrid sets this game up nicely. United have a very slight advantage, but in truth this is the hard part. Here are a few thoughts ahead of the game. The away goal doesn’t really count for much. It wouldn’t be [...]

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Tactical Preview: Real Madrid vs Manchester United

Tactical Preview: Real Madrid vs Manchester United

Since the draw was made its fair to say that most United fans have been eagerly awaiting this tie. Of course we have history with Real Madrid, a history which stretches back to the early days of this tournament. But it is recent events which makes this tie so exciting, as it is an opportunity [...]

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Midfield Diamond – finding the pieces to fit the jigsaw

Midfield Diamond – finding the pieces to fit the jigsaw

Having experimented with 4-4-2 midfield diamond tactic in a number of matches this season, Sir Alex put the formation to one side following the Champions’ League group phase and then it reappeared for the FA Cup game at West Ham. Within the diamond he also tinkered with personnel; take Rafael against the Hammers where he [...]

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In Depth Look At United’s Formations

In Depth Look At United’s Formations

For as long as we have been watching United our team has always played with width. So we can all be forgiven for not seeing this one coming. Yes United have played a 4-3-3 formation on the odd occasion, and with some success, (notably at The Emirates in recent years), but United are known for [...]

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