Manchester United was able to eventually squeeze out a one-goal victory over Swiss club, Young Boys on Tuesday in a Game week 5 Group H Champion league match. A late goal from a Marouane Fellaini’s low powered shot from inside the 18-yard area slowly rolled past the goalkeeper – who was deeply-rooted at a spot – and into the back of the net was all that was needed to see Manchester United qualify from the Champions League group stage into the Round of 16 knockout stages.
Seven other teams were also in Champions League on the night, including Real Madrid, Premier league table toppers Manchester City and German champions Bayern Munich.
Although Manchester United played a significantly better football from what they have been known for lately, the overall performance was still much poor for a team in the Manchester United pedigree who is aiming at competing for honors at all fronts and in all competition.
Here are the 3 key reasons Manchester United did not lose to Young Boys on Tuesday night.
1. Attack! Attack!! Attack!!!
More shots or attempts at goal will eventually lead to more goals. Manchester United attempted 21 shots at goal in total on Tuesday night as they tried to score their first Champions League goal at Old Trafford since the champions league home game against Sevilla March 2018.
Jose Mourinho lined up a young, well-paced attacking trio of Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and the in-form Anthony Martial and unsurprisingly Manchester United started attacking from the blow of the whistle and caused a lot of problems for the Young Boys’ defense to deal with.
Rashford proved to be very lively on the night but his wastefulness in front of goal is a big cause for concern for both manager Jose Mourinho – who displayed an animated reaction when Marcus Rashford missed a glorious one-on-one chance in the 5th minute of the game – his teammates and fans worldwide.
2. David de Gea saves Manchester United… Again
No doubt David de Gea has etched his name on the list of top goalkeepers as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. It is not surprising that has been Manchester United’s best player for the past 4 seasons in a row.
Although the Spanish No. 1 international goalkeeper has endured a bit of dip in his form lately due to Manchester United’s leaky and problematic defense, De Gea was at his best form on Tuesday night against Young Boys as he produced an extraordinary near-impossible save to deny Young Boys a goal at all and to ensure that he does not limit the chances of his side winning and ultimately preserves his clean sheets.
3. Resilient defense
Jose Mourinho decided to go with the defensive pairing of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones who just returned from injury at the heart of the Manchester United defense with club captain Antonio Valencia who was also just returning from a long lay off due to injury on the right side of defense and Luke Shaw on the left side. The defensive pairing seems to kick off well as they were able to hold their own and Young Boys’ threat at bay and were not troubled much for the entirety of the game.
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