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Change in shape

Po­chet­tino’s switch in for­ma­tion at half-time may have been slightly forced by the in­jury to Moussa Sis­soko but it nev­er­the­less was key to putting his side on the front foot at the start of the sec­ond pe­riod.

Erik Lamela came on and Spurs moved from a di­a­mond mid­field to a 4-2-3-1. Chris­tian Erik­sen be­gan to get on the ball more from a deeper role while Son He­ung-min’s pace be­came more ef­fec­tive from wide.

Even Dele Alli was more in­volved by play­ing in be­hind Harry Kane, get­ting into the box more of­ten and test­ing De Gea on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions.

Front three

United’s at­tack­ing set-up was in­trigu­ing with Lin­gard played cen­trally, flanked by Rash­ford and Mar­tial.

Lin­gard didn’t have his most im­pres­sive game but his role was cru­cial to United’s press which wasn’t ag­gres­sive but fo­cused on cut­ting off pass­ing lanes.

United also tried to leave at least two men for­ward for the counter with the pace of Rash­ford and Mar­tial at­tack­ing the spa­ces on the out­side of the two cen­tre-backs va­cated by Spurs’ ad­vanced full-backs.

Lin­gard and Rash­ford oc­ca­sion­ally swapped po­si­tions as well, lend­ing plenty of flu­id­ity to the at­tack.

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