Manchester Derby 2024: Bold Move From Ten Hag Reaped Benefits As Rashford Scored A Screamer

The stage is set for another pulsating chapter in the Manchester derby saga as Manchester City welcomes local rivals Manchester United to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Ten Hag's bold decision to deploy an attacking formation proved to be a stroke of genius, with Marcus Rashford capitalizing on an assist from Andre Onana to score an outrageous goal.
Manchester Derby 2024: Bold Move From Erik Ten Hag Reaps Benefits As Rashford Scores A Screamer

Manchester Derby 2024: Erik Erik Ten Hag celebreates after Rashford scores. (Scrrengrab)

Manchester Derby, a highly anticipated clash of the Premier League season, promises a captivating encounter between two teams with contrasting fortunes. While City heads into the derby in imperious form, United, on the other hand, finds itself in a precarious position. Following a disappointing defeat to Fulham, they sit sixth in the Premier League table, their Champions League qualification hopes hanging by a thread.
Yet Erik Ten Hag has opted to go bold and field a four-four-two combination. Fernandes is playing as a false nine.
United has primarily relied on a pragmatic 4-2-3-1 formation under Ten Hag, prioritizing defensive stability over all-out attack. However, facing an unbeaten City side known for their possession dominance, Ten Hag seems to be taking a calculated risk.
While seemingly illogical against a free-scoring City side, Ten Hag might be banking on exploiting potential weaknesses in Pep Guardiola's team. City's attacking dominance sometimes leaves them vulnerable on the counter-attack, and a pacey United frontline could capitalize on these openings.
Ten Hag's bold decision to deploy an attacking formation proved to be a stroke of genius, with Marcus Rashford capitalizing on an assist from Andre Onana to score an outrageous goal.
Upon that five academy graduates start for the red devils as well, a reminiscence of the of 2016, where the team was without their talisman Wayne Rooney.
Manchester Derby Key Matchups to Watch:
De Bruyne vs. Fernandes - The battle between the creative forces of both teams, Kevin De Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes, will be a fascinating duel to watch
Haaland vs. Varane - Can Manchester United's experienced center-back Raphael Varane handle the rampaging Erling Haaland?
Ten Hag vs. Guardiola - The tactical battle between the two managers will be another intriguing aspect of the match.
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