This was the topic of conversation on Monday night football, where Jamie Carragher dissected United’s 3-0 pressure triumph at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which took the pressure off Solskjaer after last Sunday’s humiliating 5-0 loss to Liverpool.
United’s transformation was evident for Carragher from the first minute on Saturday, with Solskjaer’s side pressuring aggressively as a unit in a new 3-5-2 formation which laid the groundwork for the victory going back the moral.
“It has been said that Manchester United can’t push high, that they don’t have the players to do it. I don’t necessarily agree with that; a team should be able to push high at some times and fall at others. This is what Manchester United did really well at Spurs, ”Carragher said.
“In the first half, before taking the lead, United were aggressive, on the front foot and pressing high. In the second half they fell because the goal changed the game, and they put their other two on the block from a deeper position. But in the first half, Manchester United pushed high.
“The performances of Liverpool and Spurs are poles apart”
“Against Liverpool at Old Trafford, Manchester United was wrong in terms of the press. For Liverpool’s first goal, Bruno Fernandes made a silly decision which was made worse by Mason Greenwood, who was nine yards from the ball.
“Then Aaron Wan-Bissaka made a stupid decision, he was 12 yards from the ball and everyone got caught away from a Liverpool player. There was the first mistake and then it was made worse by all the other players.
“United were compact and aggressive at Spurs”
“United changed the system at Spurs, you expected them to be more organized and the response, after all, was a team that had faced a ton of criticism. Instantly you could split the two in half, they had seven players organized, and three attackers pushed up.
“With less than a minute on the clock, you could see the reaction right away. Edinson Cavani was exceptional, his decision to go engage the press was aggressive and he sprinted, and he was followed by Harry Maguire. United were in the lead. foot, just above Spurs.
“In the first minute there were six Manchester United players in a 12 × 12 area, together, compact, aggressive – all they were against Liverpool. There was no doubt that they wanted to make this quick and aggressive start and put Spurs under pressure.
“There was talk that Manchester United could only defend in depth, but they weren’t in depth against Spurs. They played on the center line, the top three were pushed to the edge of Spurs’ box, and when something went on for a long time, Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof swallowed him up.
“The first goal absolutely characterized the performance. As the Spurs defender cleared the ball with his head, United had Varane high up against Harry Kane, the distance between Varane and Ronaldo was 21 meters.
“It was not a team that defended in depth, it was a team on the front foot, high and aggressive, and also narrow and compact. It was almost like watching Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, on the front foot with all 10 outfielders together, compact.
“Because Maguire was up high he kept the attack alive, and that’s where the first goal came in as Fernandes’ fantastic pass was picked up by Ronaldo.
“Manchester United was exceptional. I know there’s been a lot of talk since about Tottenham’s poverty but we can’t fault United for conceding five home goals against Liverpool, looking everywhere, then going to Spurs and stopping the opposition. having a shot on target.
“Any pitch outside the Premier League is a tough game so you can’t keep watching Spurs, that was really good Manchester United. “