Manchester united’s defence

Formation

Throughout pre-season, Solskjær emphasised the utilisation of a 4-2-3-1. This was shown with him using this formation in every minute of pre-season. Thus, it is understandable to assume that a 4-man defence will be used by Solskjær this season.

Offensive Set-up

If the squad is fit the back four will consist of Luke Shaw (LB), Harry Maguire (LCB), Victor Lindelöf (RCB) and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB). Despite this, we suspect that in some games a back three will be used depending on the opponent’s set-up. This can either be throughout Maguire, Lindelöf and Wan-Bissaka or the former two and Tuanzebe. If Wan-Bissaka plays as a RCB then Diogo Dalot or Ashley Young will play as a RWB.

defensive STRENGTHS

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two ball-players at the back

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a world class right back

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aerial prowess through maguire

Ratings

Ratings are in comparison to the best team in the Premier League.

  • expected goals conceded 100% 100%
  • expected goals conceded per shot 100% 100%
  • defensive duel success 95.58% 95.58%
  • challenge intensity 85.92% 85.92%
  • pressing 84.67% 84.67%
  • goals conceded 77.78% 77.78%
  • shots conceded 68.23% 68.23%