Introduction to the 3-5-2 Formation

The Back-3 defense was created as a way to counter teams built around an orthodox 4-4-2. Using three Center Backs created four distinct advantages...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

Latest Posts

Do Premier League Players Have a Say in Their Transfers?

Americans know that in sports, there is a widespread culture where players don’t have a final say in their destinies, with exceedingly rare exceptions.However,...

The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and it’s impact on Football

Not in Kansas AnymoreA century ago, amidst the poultry and pig farms in a small corner of Kansas, a local doctor became inundated...

The Best Football Books of 2020

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2021, we have compiled a list of the best...

Big Sam’s tactics against Liverpool show the template to stifle Klopp’s side

Two complete opposites came up in the congested Christmas fixture list, as Liverpool in great form sitting at the top of the table look...

The Meteoric Rise of RB Leipzig: From Tier Five Football to the Champions League

The best football clubs in the world usually have a storied history, years of success, and generations of fans. However, one of the best...

4 players Man United can target in January transfer window to challenge for the title

Manchester United after an up and down start to the season find themselves 5 points behind Liverpool with a game in hand. After being...

The Return of Strike Partnerships in the Premier League? Part 1

No matter the make-up, the notion of a strike partnership – two out-and-out attackers, often with very different strengths and calling cards, working seamlessly...

Football Books

The Best Football Books of 2020

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2021, we have compiled a list of the best...

Foul- The Beautiful Game, An Ugly Truth [Book Excerpt]

The clip-clop of football boot studs on concrete echoed through the tunnel over the hum of distant crowd noise. A drenched team of players...

Best Football Analytics Books

We have compiled a list of the best football analytics books for the casual football fan. Football analytics and data science/machine learning in general...

The Best Football Books of 2019

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2020, we have compiled a list of the best...

The Best Football Books of 2018

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2019, we have compiled a list of the best...

Man United player ratings vs Tottenham- This player deserves a ZERO!

Manchester United put in yet another lifeless display which saw them lose to Tottenham 3-0 at White Hart Lane. The first half ended at 0-0 after a cagey 45 minutes slightly dominated by Spurs. In the second half, United completely fell apart after Fosu-Mensah was substituted off and conceded 3 goals in 5 minutes.

Read

Manchester United Youth Rankings 2016 #1- Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Player Ratings

David De Gea- 6/10

Couldn’t do much about the goals, a solid performance except for a cross drop in the first half.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – 7.5/10

Fosu-Mensah was terrific with his energy, tackling and his physical presence. Positional awareness will slowly come with maturity, sky is the limit.

Chris Smalling – 7/10

Another solid performance by the English defender but needs to be a leader of this defence and should take up more responsiblity.

Daley Blind – 6/10

Blind played well in the first half tracking Lamela all over the pitch and keeping him silent. But in the second half he was poor, should have done much more for the third goal.

Marcus Rojo -5/10

Was poor going forward and was okay while defending.

Michael Carrick -6/10

Couldn’t get his trademark passes going as the middle of the park was congested and its always difficult against the high energy Spurs’ midfield.

Morgan Schneiderlin -7/10

Excellent in the first half with his pressing but was overwhelmed by the Spurs midfield in the second.

Juan Mata – 5/10

You can’t blame Mata when it is quite clear to everyone that he is not a winger and you can’t play someone like him when Spurs’ main attacks come on the left with Danny Rose making the runs forward.

Jesse Lingard – 5/10

Another player who is not comfortable at all in his position, Lingard was anonymous during the entire match and it was surprise that he was not replaced.

Anthony Martial -6/10

Was wasteful in the first half, made a dazzling run in the second but hit the shot straight at Lloris. Average performance on the whole.

Marcus Rashford – 5/10

You can’t expect Rashford to score every weekend at this level and the decision of replacing him with Ashley Young at halftime was baffling.

Substitutes

Ashley Young -4/10

Not his  fault that on his return from injury he is asked to play as a striker against one of the meanest defences in the league.

Matteo Darmian -0/10

Came on and United immediately conceded three goal in five minutes. All the three goals originated from the left flank and Darmian was directly or indirectly responsible for all of them.

Memphis Depay – Unrated

Did nothing except get into a fight with Walker.

Van Gaal – 2/10

Poor first team selection with weirder substitutions, not sure whether Van Gaal himself knows what he is doing.

 

 

Related

Who is likely to be in the Premier League next year?

As we approach the Christmas period, which traditionally marks the halfway season in the Premier League, many fans will be starting to do one...

How Manchester City became one of the best clubs in England

Manchester City remained a mediocre club for a long time in England. They couldn’t dream of winning the Premier League title and finishing in...

The Worst Managers in Premier League History

The Premier League has been the home for some of the best managers the world of football has ever seen. Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep...

How will Coutinho fit in at Arsenal: Arteta’s new look 4-2-3-1 formation

English outlet, Express are reporting that Arsenal are considering a loan deal for Barcelona's record signing, Philippe Coutinho. The report indicates that Coutinho might have...

How will Pjanic fit in at Barcelona? A look at Barcelona’s 4-3-3 formation for next season

As the deal between Barcelona and Juventus regarding the transfers of Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic has almost been finalised, let's take a look...

Three best Premier League transfers of all time

The Premier League is famous for its lavish spending on player’s transfers. Top clubs like Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United have been spending...

Where will Kai Havertz play for Chelsea? A look at Lampard’s exciting 4-2-3-1 formation for next season

There have been several rumours surrounding Kai Havertz's transfer to Chelsea and Havertz's current boss, Peter Bosz has indicated that the winger might not...

Man United expected lineup against Sheffield United: Pogba & Bruno to start together for first time

Manchester United salvaged a draw against Tottenham in their first game post the lockdown. Their performance improved after the substitutions of Paul Pogba and...

How will Arthur fit in Juventus’s midfield: Sarri’s thrilling 4-3-1-2 formation

Sky Sports News has confirmed that Juventus and Barcelona have agreed upon a £72.5m fee for the signing of midfielder Arthur. The Brazilian midfielder...

Latest Posts

Do Premier League Players Have a Say in Their Transfers?

Americans know that in sports, there is a widespread culture where players don’t have a final say in their destinies, with exceedingly rare exceptions.However,...

The 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and it’s impact on Football

Not in Kansas AnymoreA century ago, amidst the poultry and pig farms in a small corner of Kansas, a local doctor became inundated...

The Best Football Books of 2020

It's been another eventful year in the world of football. As we look forward to 2021, we have compiled a list of the best...

Big Sam’s tactics against Liverpool show the template to stifle Klopp’s side

Two complete opposites came up in the congested Christmas fixture list, as Liverpool in great form sitting at the top of the table look...

Don't Miss

The Evolution and Political Dynamism of Football in Mussolini’s Italy

On a November night in 1934, the English national football team faced their Italian counterparts, Nazionale di calcio dell'Italia. The match was held at...

The ironic situation at Olympique de Marseille

Since the American Businessman, Frank McCourt bought the club in 2016, and despite a Europa League final two years ago, OM has failed to...

The European Resurrections of Ever Banega

It seems fitting that Éver Banega’s final bow in European competition involved him lifting the Europa League. Barring a surprise reversal in the future,...

A look back at Liverpool’s treble winning 1983/84 season

In the wake of Manchester City’s record-breaking claim to the Premier League, The False 9 will look back at some of the greatest club...

The Jürgen Klopp Pressing system

If a single tactical feature were to be used to define a manager, for Jurgen Klopp, it would certainly be the pressing or the...

Football History

The Football match which started a war

Plenty of football stadiums have statues standing outside of them. There's strange one here and there (Michael Jackson formerly outside Craven Cottage springs to...

The long & bizarre history behind why Red Bull chose Leipzig as the hub for their football club

When Red Bull tried to set foot into German football for the first time, they initially tried to use the same method they had...

Hungary – The Golden Team that never quite made it.

When you look back at the history of past World Cup winners and European Championship winners the usual names by in large stand out....

Football And Alcohol

“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”Football and booze go a long long way back, in...

A look back at Liverpool’s treble winning 1983/84 season

In the wake of Manchester City’s record-breaking claim to the Premier League, The False 9 will look back at some of the greatest club...