GARNACHO MAKES AN IMPACT
Alejandro Garnacho came on as a substitute midway through the second half, and came agonisingly close to drawing the Reds level. He picked the ball up on the edge of the box and curled a well-hit shot that screamed just past the post.
United pushed hard for an equaliser as the second period wore on, and Garnacho was very much at the forefront of that pressure.
RINGING THE CHANGES
Throughout the afternoon, Ten Hag made tactical and personnel alterations in an effort to gain United control in the contest. In the first half, following City’s early opener, those tweaks paid off, with Fernandes levelling before the break.
In the second period, Garnacho, Wout Weghorst and Scott McTominay were all introduced at different stages, following Gundogan’s second goal, with Ten Hag looking to influence the game in our favour.
Fernandes moved from the right, to the middle, and then back out to the right again as we chased the game. When McTominay came on, the Reds also went to a three-at-the-back formation, demonstrating Erik’s willingness to throw caution to the wind. It very nearly paid off, too, with both Weghorst and McTominay striking the bar in the dying moments.