Kindly Share This Story:Adrian Clarke explains how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side held the leaders to a draw earlier this season and why they can do so again at Anfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer orchestrated one of the most successful tactical surprises of the season so far when his Manchester United side held leaders Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in October. Moving away from a 4-2-3-1 system for that one match, the Norwegian set his team up in an unusual 3-4-1-2 shape, using Marcus Rashford and Daniel James as split strikers. It was a move that initially flummoxed their visitors, who needed a late strike from Adam Lallana to rescue a point. That remains the only Premier League match Liverpool have failed to win this term. So what will Solskjaer have up his sleeve for Sunday’s return fixture at Anfield? Sprinting down the sides Out of possession, James and Rashford blocked off passes to the Reds’ full-backs, letting the two centre-backs have the ball. That forced Jurgen Klopp’s men down the middle, and United were aggressive in the middle third, looking to break up play in congested areas. The plan was to spring turnovers that stretched the leaders down… Read full this story
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