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Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca 5

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

* Man Utd – Barca: 3:00 a.m. on Friday, February 24, Hanoi time.

New Weghorst location

Ten Hag got off to a bad start, losing 1-2 to Brighton at Old Trafford and then losing 0-4 at Brentford in August 2022.

After taking over the hot seat from Ralf Rangnick, Ten Hag wanted to quickly impose his principles on a club that had little room for flexibility.

From there, Ten Hag adjusted his approach and asked Man Utd to play directly, with long shots from David de Gea.

Ten Hag chose the solution of letting De Gea pass long into the middle of the field and pulling Weghorst to the middle of the field to deal with Barca in the first leg.

That is the tactical system applied by Ten Hag when they were guests at Camp Nou on February 16.

It is possible that Man Utd will change their approach again by letting Barca dominate the ball right at Old Trafford.

Among them, the most surprising use of personnel was Ten Hag’s placement of Weghorst as a midfielder, giving him more defensive responsibility than attack.

At the Nou Camp, Weghorst once again completed the task.

This arrangement causes Weghorst to reduce his scoring performance, but increase his contribution to Man Utd’s gameplay.

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

Weghorst was pulled back to accompany the low-kicking Barca midfielder, while Casemiro and Fred marked the other two midfielders.

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

When Barca counterattacks quickly, Casemiro will retreat to fill the gap left by Tyrrel Malacia on the left sideline, while Weghorst and Fred run back to the Man Utd penalty area to prevent the risk of the ball being crossed.

Sunsport believes that Ten Hag can continue to let Weghorst play in midfield and push Rashford highest in attack.

Stop Rashford

`It’s no surprise if Rashford is the one who decides this match,` commented Sunsport.

Famous player Michael Owen once asserted that `Rashford will not be able to score 30 goals a season`.

In the first leg at Camp Nou, Rashford continued to flourish by leaving his mark on both Man Utd goals.

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

Rashford moved into the gap between two Barca defenders to catch Fred’s pass and scored Man Utd’s first goal at Camp Nou in the first leg.

A few days later, Rashford scored two goals according to the same scenario to help Man Utd crush Leicester.

Sunsport commented that Xavi has two ways to control Rashford.

The second, more reasonable method for Barca is to use midfielders with good speed.

Therefore, Xavi can push Jules Kounde to play as a central defender with Araujo.

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

Kounde could be pulled from the edge back to the middle to deal with Rashford in the return leg at Old Trafford today.

This arrangement can help Barca push the squad higher while still having defensive players with enough speed to keep up with the dangerous player on Man Utd’s side when approaching the goal.

Midfield battle

Lionel Messi shined to help Barca defeat Man Utd 3-1 in the Champions League final in 2011, but the battle in the middle of the field was what decided the match at that time.

For most of the great battle at Wembley, Man Utd’s midfield took turns trying to accompany Messi.

Sir Alex Ferguson once hinted at a mistake by not asking Park Ji-Sung to accompany Messi.

12 years later, Barca is having difficulty in the midfield.

Given Man Utd’s approach, Barca needs midfielders who can hold the ball.

Three hot spots in the great battle between Man Utd and Barca

Gavi pulled Fred’s shirt when blocking a move by Man Utd in the first leg at Camp Nou.

Despite the absence of both Pedri and Gavi, Xavi will welcome the return of Sergio Busquets in today’s second leg.

Having both De Jong and Busquets as a fulcrum for the whole team can be a decisive factor in helping Barca cope with intense pressure from the strong midfielders of Old Trafford.

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