Manchester United has been struggling to win matches in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. In the matches won so far by Manchester United, their opponents have outplayed them in every department. As Manchester United prepares to welcome Everton on Saturday afternoon, there is every likelihood that Manchester United will struggle to win the match.
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A closer look at most Manchester United matches which has been played this season, most of their opponents have continued to hurt Manchester United by employing some simple counter-attacking tricks. Solskjaer has realized that he must win a trophy this season for him to save his job. The need for silverware made Solskjaer change his original Manchester United style of play as he seeks to dominate matches.
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Originally, Solskjaer prefers to set up his team in a counter-attacking formation. Manchester United recorded some remarkable success with this formation. However, after making the signings he made this season, Solskjaer finally decided to urge his team to try as much as possible to become the dominant team in every match.
Manchester United's quest to dominate their opponents means that they must abandon their counter-attacking style of play. Manchester United now concentrates on the slow build-up of their game. The is due with Manchester United throughout this season is that their opponents now focuses on hurting Manchester United with a counter-attack.
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Everton will be looking to capitalize on the counter-attacking style of play against Manchester United. This season, the biggest issue with Manchester United is defending counter-attacks. Manchester United players are under serious pressure to win matches and as a result, they push forward as the team searches for goals.
As Manchester United players surge forward, they leave a lot of gaps in their defense and their opponents are always aware of the gaps Manchester United players leave behind. As soon as Manchester United's players lose the ball, their opponents always plays a long ball to one of their players placed upfront for the sole purpose of exploiting the space left behind by Manchester United player.
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Another Manchester United weakness that Everton will try to exploit is Solskjaer's slow response to crucial issues that arises during a match. Solskjaer appears to be the type of manager who does not like to make quick decisions when he encounters an obvious problem in his team.
After selecting his team, Solskjaer waits until the dying stages of the match to make the necessary changes even if he sees a player who is not living up to expectations. Most top coaches are very observant during football matches and they don't waste time making the necessary changes that are required to win the match.
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Solskjaer prefers to stick to his starting lineup until the 75th to 80th minute before he makes the needed changes. The only thing that Manchester United's opponents always those is to make sure that Manchester United's starting eleven does not do anything meaningful in the match. Manchester United's opponents know that Solskjaer prefers to stick to his starting eleven for most of the game.
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If Everton can stop the Manchester United starting eleven, they will be certain that they won't have to worry about any Manchester United player coming into the game early enough to trouble them. Solskjaer makes very late substitutions and Everton players know that they will play with the same Manchester United team until the 75th to 80th minute.
Solskjaer's habit of not making substitutions very early in most matches will be a weakness that Everton will be looking to exploit on Saturday afternoon. Solskjaer can improve his team if he understands that it is very important to identify any issues with his team and make the right substitutions as early as possible.
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