Manchester United should put pressure on the Wolfsburg players and don’t give them time on the ball, Borussia Dortmund applied the same tactics at the weekend and they won 1-2. Wolfsburg love to play at their own pace and rhythm; United should be able to disrupt the rhythm and force the German side to play out to their hands.
Manchester United’s Louis Van Gaal faces one of his biggest tasks of the season as he attempts to mastermind a win that would see United through to the knockout stage. Here are four things the Dutchman could do to pull off the win.
FINISH OFF CREATED CHANCES
Manchester United created quite a handful of chances against West Ham United at the weekend, but it is their finishing that let the team down. Marouane Fellaini missed the best chance of the day for United while Martial also scuffed Depay’s cut back when he should have hit the target. Wolfsburg won’t give very much away and at such, United should score every opportunity they create.
DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY IS REQUIRED
United’s solid defensive unit is needed today, it would be vital if the backline can shut out the Germans while United frontline would be hoping to end a poor scoring form. It is very possible that the Red Devils can knock in one goal; but the defence holds the key to make sure Wolfsburg don’t score.
BASTIAN HOLDS THE KEY BUT EVERY PLAYER MUST PLAY THEIR PART
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s experience could be crucial in helping the Red Devils defeat Wolfsburg. His wonderful ball retention skills and the new urge to burst forward and spread play could help set up Martial, Depay or even Mata in good scoring positions. He has faced Wolfsburg on a couple of occasions during his spell with Bayern Munich. But every player that would put on the United jersey have a huge part to play in seeing the team progress.
It is not a mission impossible for the Red Devils as Wolfsburg are very beatable at their home ground. They appear to be under more pressure to win at home and that could play to United’s advantage. It would be disastrous should United fail to progress after the huge money invested in the team.