Another week in which Manchester United’s fortunes improved also represented another in which pressure continued to grow on Unai Emery and Arsenal. The Coaches’ Voice experts here reflect on the key tactical points from each side’s games, together with draws at Newcastle, West Ham and Watford.
Norwich 1-3 Manchester United
Manchester United’s first away victory in the Premier League since February coincided with their return to a 4-2-3-1 formation led by Anthony Martial, who fluidly rotated with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James. Andreas Pereira’s ability to find spaces around Norwich’s midfielders linked United’s midfield to their attackers in the first half; his movements encouraged Rashford and James to both withdraw and make penetrative, supporting runs in behind (below).
The decision-making of that attack, especially during moments of transition, also impressed. Their movements were well-timed and performed at such speed that Norwich struggled to defend against them and their changes of direction. Both United’s second and third goals owed to quick combinations, attacking support and high-quality finishes.