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How Man United can beat Liverpool

On Monday 17th October, at 8pm, one of the worlds fiercest football rivalries continues. It’s Liverpool V Man United, the Klopp V Mourinho edition.

As it stands in the league Liverpool currently sit above United in 4th and share the top spot with Manchester City in terms of goals scored. But in a game like this one, these and any other stats, simply do not matter.

The Merseyside clubs fans will be buoyant following their positive start to the season, and will no doubt provide a boisterous and hostile atmosphere around Anfield. But you can bet your bottom dollar that United’s travelling fans will, as always, make their voices heard as United look to crash the party.

The question is, though, how can Man United come out on top?

fight fire with fire

The answer: United must fight fire with fire.

As I mentioned above, Liverpool are joint top scorers in the Premier League this season with 18 goals scored in 7 games.

Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, has turned his team into work horses with every player consistently giving 110% for a full 90 minutes. You only have to look at the times in which they score their goals and who is scoring them to see the evidence.

Just as many of Liverpool’s goals are coming in the second half as they are in the first, and the goals are being shared by the majority of their forwards. Coutinho, Firminho and Milner all have 4 goals and Lallana and Mane have 3.

Whilst Liverpool boast an impressive goal scoring record, the same cannot be said for their defence. Of the current top 10 teams in the league, Liverpool’s defence have conceded the most (10).

This is an area that Man United must expose in order to win the game.

We know that Liverpool will come out guns blazing. So sitting back, soaking up the pressure then hitting them on the break (which is a tactic I fear we will use) will be too risky. It will allow Liverpool to not only dominate, but dictate the tempo of the game. And with their current goal scoring rate, I wouldn’t bet against them scoring a goal or two.

It is imperative that United take a hold on the game early on. Every player needs to put in a shift. We need to play high up the pitch, move the ball around quickly and play our football in their half.

When they have possession, we need to put them under pressure, close them down quickly, afford them little time forcing them into making errors.

If we can do all of that and create chances like we did against Stoke, we’ll pull their defence apart and score 2 or 3 of our own.

Man United’s winning team

To sink Liverpool we will need pace, strength and above all, passion. And here is the team that I feel will provide just that:

GK – De Gea
RB – Valencia
CB – Bailly
CB – Smalling
LB – Shaw
CM – Herrera
CM – Pogba
RW – Rashford
AM – Mata
LW – Martial
FW – Ibrahimovic

Valencia, Shaw, Martial and Rashford will provide plenty of pace on the wings to make life difficult for the likes of Mane and Coutinho while the midfield trio of Herrera, Pogba and Mata, between them, will provide the passion and strength.

So that’s what I think it will take to beat Liverpool in their own back yard. Do you agree? If not, how would you like to see United approach the game? Would you pick a different starting XI? Give me your thoughts in the comment section below.

If you haven’t already, check out The United Stand’s Liverpool V Man United podcast special.

Premier League 2 Review: United 3-2 Derby

Man United V Derby County 19/09/16

United: McTominay 17, 85 Harrop 67 (pen)
Derby: Vernam 35, 74

After a short hiatus where I’ve been held kidnapped in a basement by a Mexican man named Guillermo I am back with my coverage of Manchester United’s Reserve team.

During my absence United have ground out a 1-1 draw against local rivals Man City thanks to a goal by Matty Willock and beaten the reigning European champions Villarreal 1-0 in the Premier League International Cup. It’s good to see that whilst Guillermo fed me on a diet of stale bread and rain water the youngsters have started putting together some impressive performances. Harrop, Poole, Tuanzebe and McTominay have all started to show promise and are benefiting from regular games. Harrop in particular growing in statue with an assured performance against European opposition.

Last season’s Premier League 2 winners Derby, who have so far failed to register a single point this season provided the opposition under the lights of Old Trafford. The rare chance to play on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford often lifts the performance of young players and United were quickly in an attacking mood with Riley flashing a shot at the Derby goal in the 6th minute.

With Riley proving to be an attacking threat as he powered down the left wing and Harrop orchestrating and dictating, it didn’t take long for United to open their account for the night. The opener came in the 17th minute when some good play by Harrop resulted in a teasing cross being headed home with aplomb by Scott McTominay. McTominay is proving to be Mr Versatile having played in a defensive midfielder role but at 6ft 4 the lad offers us a real presence up front.

As the first half progressed it was all United and Derby rarely threatened although it was clear that their striker Vernam would be a threat in the air.

McTominay was unlucky not to double the lead in the 30th minute when he saw his sliding effort clip the outside of Derby’s post and go wide. Just 60 seconds later McTominay again was unfortunate when he failed to capitalise on a Hamilton pass, this time firing hire over the bar when he really should have done better. United were dominant!!!

Derby equalised against the run of play in the 35th minute Vernam nodded a header that just crossed the line before Redmond could clear. United disputed the decision but replays show the ball was well over the line. 1-1 at half time in a game United had dominated with possession and chances.

As the second half began slowly United found it increasingly hard to create opportunities and Derby could have stolen the lead when Vernam headed narrowly wide. Warren Joyce shuffled his tactics in the 58th minute when he introduced the tricky American Olosunde who replaced a tired looking Redmond.

A fit again Ro-Shaun Williams slotted into the defence alongside Tuanzebe when he replaced Scott in the 64th minute with Regan Poole moving to left back and Riley pushed forward. The changes freshened up the team and injected some much needed pace into the United team.

It soon paid dividends when sub Matthew Olosunde was clumsily tripped inside the Derby box in the 67th minute and up stepped an assured Harrop to drill home a well taken penalty (Demi Mitchell take note!!) 2-1

You have to credit the response from the Rams as they looked to get back into the match. They refused to give up and were rewarded for their fight and sustained period of attacking play in the 74th when that man Vernam flung himself onto the end of a brilliant cross by Santos to power home the equaliser. 2-2 What a game!!

15 minutes to go and it was all set up for a grandstand finish. United flooded forward in waves as they searched for a winning goal. With just 5 minutes left on the clock the reward came when a Riley cross fell to Olosunde who nudged it towards the waiting McTominay. With an instant swivel and turn McTominay smashed home a low drive past the despairing Derby keeper Navas. 3-2

O’Hara made two vital late saves to ensure the points were United’s in what turned out to be an exciting thrilling game. Its early days in the league but the result see’s United move into 8th with 8 points from 5 games.

Up next is a short trip to Liverpool on Monday 26th September where we face an inform table topping Everton team.

United Line Up:

O Hara, Riley, Tuanzebe, Poole, El Fitouri, McTominay Redmond*, Harrop, Willock, Scott*, Hamilton.

Subs: Olosunde for Redmond 58mins, Williams for Scott 64mins.

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Derby County 1-3 Man United | Match review

United see off Derby County in the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 victory.

In a much improved performance, United played some decent football, attacked and scored three goals, including a first half goal!

Captain Wayne Rooney opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a curled shot from outside the box. It came from a good move that came from Daley Blind playing a long ground pass into Martial, who knocked the ball into Rooney. Rooney looked up and from outside the box curled a shot across and around the keeper leaving him with no chance. It was a great finish that he will be happy with.

20 minutes later Derby found an equaliser with a goal from Thorne. Thorne exposed a gap left by Smalling and he controlled a ball over the top perfectly setting himself to tap it past David de Gea.

United regained the lead in the second half thanks to a goal from Daley Blind. Lingard had possession out on the right and played in a pacey cross across the ground and Blind was quickest to it arrowing the ball into the bottom right.

By this point Derby were looking tired and United took advantage of this when Martial made easy work of beating the Derby right back and pulling the ball back into the path of Mata who slotted the ball across the keeper and into the back of the net sealing the win for United.

Derby can take some pride from their performance as they did have a go at United for the majority of the game and created a few chances of their own.

The win sends United into the 5th round of the FA Cup. A tournament they haven’t won in 12 years. Could this be their year?

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