Manchester United scouting report from 2015/16 season, before the Premier League game 15 against West Ham United. Manchester United is training by Louis Van Gaal. His soccer philosophy is in organize as soon as possible in defense to prevent that the rival creates chances to score goals. He loves the possession, the modern soccer. He is tactical perfectionist with games models very tactical, but offensives.
It is the second year from Van Gaal's era in Manchester. The team is more compact tactically. The understanding between players are better, and also the understanding between players and the game models have improved. Therefore, this year the game will be more fluent.
Manchester United system is 1-4-2-3-1 based on possession, verticality on the flanks, and with a huge importance in pressure after lose the ball. If the team is making a high pressure, they use the variant 1-4-4-2.
In the last game against Leicester City, Van Gaal used a different system 1-3-4-1-2. The analysis from this system is in the scouting report too. Probability for the next game, he will return to use the 1-4-2-3-1 (used in all the season games less two.
I hope you enjoy with this scouting report.
Author - Jose Silva Caparros
Original article and more drills available at: 'The Tactical Saloon'