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Reaction to the Manchester City game

When SAF boils over, things aren't right. Photo: Michael Regan (Getty Images)

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Manchester United vs Manchester City – Tactical Analysis

By Elijah Sofoluke

Sir Alex Ferguson has been preparing for the biggest game of the season for Manchester United. He is facing a noisy neighbour who has had an upturn in form since the return of their prodigal son, Carlos Tevez. Only a few weeks back, Manchester City were eight points behind Manchester United with little games left but have somehow, through the Red Devil’s complacency and their own persistence, pulled back to three points behind. I have taken a look at the tactics of both teams to see how the game may pan out.  Read more of this post

MATCH RATINGS: Manchester United 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sam Johnstone (6)  Was not tested too often. He mainly had to deal with a few difficult crosses and made two great saves in particular. Will be happy to get another deserved clean sheet under his belt.

Marnick Vermijl (7) Was one of our better performers on a night when neither team seemed up for it. He was always marauding down the right flank and looking to either overlap Larnell Cole or take on the opposite full back. Was extremely close to topping off a great performance with what would have been a wonderful goal.

Michael Keane (7) It is difficult to evaluate how well our centre halves  played as they were not called upon too often. When called upon, Michael was as faultless. He was extremely composed on the ball and dealt well with one or two difficult crosses that were put into the box. Another strong performance from him.

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Complacency gives Manchester City a chance

Ferdinand's dejected face summed up the feeling at Old Trafford on Sunday. Photo: Alex Livesey (Getty Images)

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MATCH RATINGS: Chelsea 1-4 Manchester United – Reserves

Sam Johnstone (7) Had a quiet first half with very few meaningful saves to make but as we eased off the gas in second half, he was called upon frequently and did very well with what was thrown at him. Could do nothing about Chelsea’s fine consolation.

Marnick Vermijl (6) Struggled to make an impact on this game. Was very quiet while he was on the pitch. He didn’t do his trademark tireless runs up and down the right flank. Did not do anything of note. Was substituted in the second half.

Michael Keane (7) This young lad is turning out to be a fine centre half. He was rock solid all game. Strong in the air and hard in the tackle, he did not put a foot wrong all afternoon, even setting up his brother Will with a raking pass for his goal. Read more of this post

GIFs: Manchester United vs Everton

Nani gives Welbeck a friendly triple slap whilst celebrating Danny's goal

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Reaction to the Everton game

Conceding four goals at Old Trafford doesn't happen too regularly. Photo: Alex Livesey (Getty Images)

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