WSL 2019/20: Manchester United vs Arsenal - tactical analysis tactics

The WSL continues into its second week with another mouth-watering clash between two iconic teams in the league. Manchester United take on Arsenal in what is always an electrifying battle between the two giants of English football. Manchester United had previously faced Manchester City in the Manchester derby with United losing 1-0 to a worthy match-winning goal from Caroline Weir.  The statistics weren’t kind with United only having 37% possession and two shots on target. The task against Arsenal wasn’t any easier and they knew they would need to dig deep and produce a dogged display to get something out of the game.

Arsenal, on the other hand, come into the game with a perfect record having beaten West Ham and Fiorentina in two convincing displays and face Manchester United as heavy favourites. This tactical analysis will outline the tactics used by both managers to claim three important points in the WSL.

Lineups & Squads

Both teams played relatively attacking line-ups with notable absentees for both sides. Manchester United lined up in their familiar 4-3-3 transforming into a low block 4-4-2 formation looking to defend deep.

Arsenal made one change from their UEFA Women’s Champions League match against Fiorentina last Thursday. Jordan Nobbs received her first start to the season after making a comeback from a long term knee injury over the last couple of weeks. This is her first start since November 2018. Danielle van de Donk was relegated to the substitutes bench.

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