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Author: Joao Nuno Fonseca

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Since Guardiola was announced, of 11 matches Manchester City has won only 3.

This Premier League derby did not have a clear leader in terms of quantity/quality. The similar average position of both blocks of the teams only changed a little when in the 2nd half Manchester United defended the result on their own half.

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In defensive organization, Man Utd had individual man-marking references most of the time. A lack of mobility, especially from central midfielders Fernandinho/Toure strengthened direct play for Aguero.
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On this image, it is clear that the individual man-marking on Aguero created spaces in the Manchester United defensive line of but at the same time there were no diagonals, frontal support and no one used this space to attack the final third.
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There were times when Mangala tried sometimes to attract pressure on the build-up and generate spaces on the back of the midfield line for Silva/Aguero movements.
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Manchester United created spaces to advance with the ball (offensive organization) with Martial as frontal support, moving from the wing to the midfield position.In my opinion, this is the point where Man Utd needs to grow and improve much more, because their players can do better.

When a wing draws his opponent with him on a diagonal movement to give frontal support , the action of other teammates needs to create movements in the space to reach the final third more often. If a player can draw an opponent and keep him on his back, this will generate spaces for the teammates to go and attack this space to generate offensive situations.
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ManCity didn’t really take advantage to be more objective on their offensive transitions as the image clearly shows that there were spaces, especially in the middle and behind the Man Utd defensive line of.
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Last year we saw this derby between teams that were fighting to be champions…Now they are fighting for a place in Champions League!
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Joao Nuno Fonseca
Senior Football Match Analyst

Joao Nuno Fonseca hold an MSc in Sports Training with specialisation in Football under the guidance of the Professor Jose Guilherme. Start his professional career during University in Academica de Coimbra – 1st Division Portugal, as match analyst for the historical club. Won the Portuguese Cup in 2012 against Sporting Lisbon. Currently is Senior Football Match Analyst for ASPIRE Academy in Doha – Qatar and U19 Qatar National Team.

www.joaonunofonseca.com

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