Manchester United attempted to recreate the PSG kickoff tactics against Liverpool on Monday night but it didn’t click perfectly as they would have liked.
Man United led Liverpool 1-0 at half-time, courtesy of Jadon Sancho’s early nerveless strike from inside the penalty box.
Manchester United got the ball rolling in the second half and tried to catch Liverpool off guard by the use of the kickoff tactics PSG used against Lille.
Neymar got the ball rolling with a pass to a PSG team-mate, received the ball back from him after he had tricked the opponents into thinking he was going forward after his first kick, passed the ball to Lionel Messi, who was waiting patiently for the pass from Neymar, the Argentine sent a sublime through pass to Kylian Mbappe, who had ran through Lille’s backline upon Neymar’s first touch of the ball, the Frenchman made no mistake and got an early lead seconds into the game.
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Manchester United tried similar pattern. Everything was going well but Bruno Fernandes’ pass wasn’t good enough to help Christian Eriksen find Marcus Rashford, who had ran into Liverpool’s half, with a left-footed through ball.
However, Liverpool’s backline wasn’t as porous as Lille’s and even if Eriksen had managed to unleash the through ball, Rashford would have a lot on his plate to deal with inside Liverpool’s half.
Virgil van Dijk and others were seen approaching backwards even after Bruno Fernandes made the same movement as Neymar.