Muzi watching tiger fight| The main team returned but the effect was not as good as midweek Ten Hag's Manchester United had a long-wrong and multi-dilemma
Another encounter in three days, Manchester United in front of Crystal Palace is different.
The difference is that United have received bad news from the medical team that Lisandro Martinez's recurrence of an old injury in the spring is likely to be affected by a prolonged absence.
As a result, the short defender, who is mainly responsible for covering vast areas in front of the formation, cannot be taken into account, and with his left-footed attributes, everything points to the fact that United must recycle the formation to their own half, whether they want it or not.
But apart from that, there is something else different about Manchester United in this game.
After the opening, United seemed to continue their Carabao Cup performance against Crystal Palace, with Amrabat bringing the ball inward from the left:
When Amrabat closed in the middle, Mount answered on the outside on the left:
As a result, a good linkage is formed, Amrabat itself is a back, the technical level is online, and Mount is moved to the wing area with simple responsibilities, playing his sapper attributes:
So on this basis, the ball was smoothly transferred from the back to the front, although Rashford's handling in the tight space was still hesitant:
But being able to play up front and put pressure on the opponent would be good for Manchester United, who are now tearing down the east wall to make up for the western wall.
However, it should be noted that this tactical performance and Manchester United's form in the League Cup triumph over Crystal Palace in midweek has changed a lot.
Playing Crystal Palace in midweek, a major feature of Manchester United's side is that Amrabat and others will use diagonal long passes on the left half to find Pellisteri, Dalot and others who are empty on the right:
This long line did not reappear until the end of the first half of the game:
Before that, the line had disappeared, as Amrabat did not operate relatively permanently in its left half sector, but was very active in the middle of the road.
Positive transition between left-back Lindelof and Marcus Rashford requires additional placement at the tactical level.
In the opening stages, it was Mason Mount who was responsible for bridging the two, but Mount was not a regular part of the game, so this is probably not a regular responsibility he received before the game:
And Rashford occasionally retreated to catch and gave Heylen this good ball:
Probably not in the established role, as Rashford is often out of position to receive when Mount is not coming to the wing.
In this way, Lindelöf easily noticed that he did not have a contact point on the left-hand side when receiving the ball, and his personal ability and positional responsibilities did not allow him to create extra lines with escape, so around 20 minutes, Crystal Palace put a lot of pressure on United's backfield from this point:
This is also reflected in the conceding session, and the set-piece that led to the conceded goal was indeed sent by Amrabat on the wing:
But in previous scramble for the ball, when Amrabat filled the gap at the back, his left-back position was unguarded:
So in the set-piece defense, Anderson scored the only goal of the game:
Manchester United fell behind and tried to fight back.
With the full forward pressure of the formation, the problem of receiving the ball on the left was gradually covered up, but in the front court, Rashford's state of playing on the left was still not good:
So in the first half, United's biggest threat in attack already needed to come from set-pieces:
Whether you think the main reason for conceding goals is set-piece defense, or Amrabat's defensive ability on the wing, or the receiving problem in the ball stage, Manchester United are already 1-0 down.
The only way is to press it all.
Although they did not address the issue of clarity on the responsibility of receiving the ball on the left, this was reflected in this wide operation, Marcus Rashford was pulling back and Mount was also moving horizontally:
But in the second half, United's pressure was rewarded, although most of the threat came from wide crosses:
But at least until Lindeloff comes out of the embarrassment:
Manchester United did hold Crystal Palace.
At 0-0, it was a good performance, but at 0-1, it was not good enough, so in the adjustment phase, Tenhach replaced Pellistri with Garnacho to add further weight to the attacking end:
Garnacho did create a threat in front of goal, and after a long period of pressure from Manchester United, Crystal Palace showed signs of falling apart:
But it's clear that Manchester United are not utilising well.
Among the starters, Amrabat was put to the test, Casemiro and Marcus Rashford were still in average form, and the problem of receiving on the left flank was never understood, and a series of problems reduced the efficiency of the starting tactic.
And in terms of style, Ten Hach is not a coach who likes to win with the back hand, which makes Manchester United's large-scale substitution have come to 77 minutes.
Even with the effect, Crystal Palace can squeeze out the last shred of their strength under the incentive of time, so after 80 minutes, Manchester United played a limited number of these attacks:
The game whistle blows.
It is clear that Manchester United have faced a more intense Crystal Palace at home than in midweek, and this is most clearly demonstrated in Amrabat, who can cover one side of the defence in midweek, and he cannot cover this game.
If it can't be covered, it will not reduce Casemiro's consumption, and it will test the ability and awareness of other players to protect the second line, which is the most lacking point of Manchester United.
And when there is the ball, Amrabat withdraws too hard. If Amrabat was more of a technical full-back in midweek, he really received the back position inside this game, which not only greatly reduced the number of diagonal passes in midweek, but also created new problems with receiving on the left wing.
So Tenhach went too far in terms of Amrabat's inner takeaway.
In some ways, this is where Manchester United has changed the most in three days.
Amrabat is a midfielder after all, unlike Zinchenko or Rico Lewis, who can play the role of both back-back and full-back as much as possible because of his light size, so in more intense games, Amrabat's adduction is bound to have problems at some point, so it needs to be treated with caution.
Of course, in addition to the backfield, among the players who Manchester United have underperformed today, Rashford and Pelisteri are inevitably beaten by the board, especially the former, which is difficult to adjust, is no longer the Rashford who carried the team forward when there was an injury in the back line last season, and his operation on the wing is like Ten Hach letting Amrabat over-adduct, the more he does, the more mistakes he makes.
There are huge risks at staking in key players, but how many more blows can Ten Hach's Manchester United withstand?