I was very impressed with Manchester United’s win against Tottenham on Saturday night and it was refreshing to see them play well.
United came away from north London with three points as goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford secured a 3-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Let’s talk about the important message from the fight. What was it? Well, in my opinion, it was the formation change of Solskjær that I assessed.
I thought that was a good move. Even though I thought he was going to make it, I was surprised. When I knew how Solskjær is as a manager (stubborn), I expected United to line up in the same 4-2-3-1 system, but instead they played a 3-5-2 with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka acts as wing-backs.
I’re not going to criticize their performance, because defensively they played really, really well. There was a moment in the match where Spurs had an opportunity when Heung-min Son was put through on goal in the first half, but somehow Wan-Bissaka managed to find a way to put his body on the line and clear the ball. out of. for a corner. Shaw also delivered a decent performance throughout the match.
But in a three-by-back system, your wing-backs need to be good going forward. Just look at Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea team. Reece James showed up with two goals against Newcastle and Ben Chilwell already has three Premier League goals in four games. Offensively, you need to have something about yourself.
In the case of Wan-Bissaka, I’m not saying he’s terrible going forward, but his numbers compared to many of the best backs in the league are at a low point. He has played 10 Premier League matches this season and has not scored goals or assists.
Diogo Dalot is United’s second right back, but is he better? Did you see the match when he played against Villarreal? He was not that big. So it’s hard to see where a solution might be.
However, there is one!
The new harvest of United’s academy players looks fantastic. It is the most enthusiastic I have been as an academy follower, and there is one person on loan who I think would be perfect for Solskjær’s new system.
His name is Ethan Laird.
There has been a lot of talk about Laird this season because he has been absolutely sensational for Swansea. Again, when they beat Peterborough United 3-0 on Saturday, he was excellent.
He helped make the ball roll as he set up Jake Bidwell’s goal after just two minutes. It was the second assist of his loan period, and overall he delivered a fantastic display, which saw him win two interceptions, a tackle, three ground duels and a 70% pass accuracy ( SofaScore.com).
You might be thinking: ‘It’s a big step up from the Championship’ or ‘He will not fit into United’s system’. If you think this, then you are wrong!
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Russell Martin has predominantly played with the three-on-back system, and Laird has been used as the right wing-back. He has shone in this formation, so why could he not do it for Solskjær? I think he would provide great competition for Wan-Bissaka and maybe even bring him to another level.
If we also judge his recent comments, Laird has a desire to play for United, so he has certainly the right mentality to be a senior player for the club.
In an interview with WalesOnline, Laird said: “As a young child I would always play for Manchester United. That’s something I’ve always strived to do.
“But you have to realize that there are steps to take. Every person’s journey is different and there are things you have to do to get to where you want to be.
“I know there are many things I want to improve, even my strengths, I want to make them stronger.”
That’s another thing to consider for United’s management team.
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