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VIDEO: Chicharito and Evans’ Goals vs Braga

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  1. The One says:

    samuel – united WE stand, well said!!

  2. denton davey says:

    Diamonds might be forever.

    From what I’ve seen so far this year, UTD’s best formation would be an “attacking diamond” with Chicharito at the tip, KagawaBunga and RVP behind him with TheWayneBoy assigned the position in the hole. But the very notion of a “formation” in regards to these three is misleading because they can – and have – rotated and interchanged to great effect.

    The other thing I’d like to see is much more movement from the front players – I was struck how often the ball was shuttled from side to side by the midfielders without seeing the forwards move towards the ball or away from it. There is still way too much waiting-for-something-to-happen rather than making-something-happen.

    The other side of this coin is that UTD simply don’t play enough wall-passing one-two’s (or give-and-go) – I hate to use Barcelona as a reference-point here but the contrast between their “triangles” and UTD’s hopeful crossing is painful to see. I understand that not all great players have the astonishing close-control of Lionel Messi or Andres Iniesta but it’s just frustrating to NOT see UTD’s great players giving each other these kind of chances.

    Possession without penetration makes it relatively easy to defend against UTD’s rather staid ball-movements. Going back to my first point, playing Anderson/Cleverley would make for a much for incisive passing game with drive coming from midfield. In contrast, playing TheGingerNinja and Michael Carrick almost guarantees that we’re in for a match of side-to-side ball-shuttling.

    Finally, getting the best out of Chicharito requires the incisive passing system whereas, by way of contrast, DannyTheLad seems much better suited to playing along with Scholes/Carrick.


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