Manchester United crashed out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage on Sunday, losing 3-1 to Leicester City . The result leaves them ...
Manchester United crashed out of the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage on Sunday, losing 3-1 to Leicester City. The result leaves them with just one realistic chance of a trophy this season – the Europa League. Here we will analyse the game, focusing on two major tactical issues for United that helped to shape the outcome.
Telles ends up with no time to pick his pass, but he also lacks any kind of support whatsoever from the front four. Van de Beek is on the other side of the pitch; Pogba and Martial are out of shot. He has to go long down the line and United lose possession.
Above we see Fred giving the ball away to Iheanacho in United's own penalty box. It's an easy scoring chance which Iheanacho takes, but it all came from the discomfort of United's centre-backs and base midfielders playing under pressure.
With no Manchester United player near him or trying to close him down, Tielemans is then able to turn to face play, look up to assess his options, then play the long ball over the top.
This meant Tielemans had enough time to assess and find Iheanacho, who had dropped off the frontline to receive. Maguire didn't track Iheanacho and the distance between the two was far too great for him to cover, so Tielemans could play the one-two with Iheanacho, take out the slow-on-the-turn Matic, and drive into space with United's back line one centre-back short.