Mon. May 16th, 2022

CHRIS WINTERBURN

Victory against Tottenham Hotspur and a last-gasp draw against Atalanta in Bergamo have kept the wolves from the door for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but his fiercest test will come on Saturday lunchtime when Pep Guardiola and Manchester City arrive for the first derby of the campaign.

Not only will Solskjaer but put under pressure by coming up against the best coach in the world, but his coaching staff will be tested too, with all involved having been criticised in the wake of Manchester United‘s disastrous 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

Many thought that result would mark the end of the Norwegian’s time in charge, but he has battled on with a use of a 5-3-2 system and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s individual brilliance.

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Manchester City are so well-drilled in pattern play

The test for United isn’t just coming up against a superior team of individuals, with only Ronaldo, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes likely to get into the City starting XI, but also coming up against the best coached team in the Premier League.

United have been criticised for a lack of coaching under Solskjaer, which has led to disjointed performances this season, and their success only really comes in moments.

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City, on the other hand, are so well-drilled in pattern play that they will be able to put United under constant pressure at will on Saturday afternoon.

They too had a setback in Europe in the week when Club Brugge equalised at the Etihad Stadium, but they were then able to put the Belgian team into submission with pressure.

Passing patterns dragged the Belgian defenders o

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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