The reception of Brighton brought the third defeat to Manchester United this season, and this defeat took place at an extremely bad time, when coach Erik Ten Hag’s army was preparing to march to Bavaria. to enter the epic match with Bayern Munich. Obviously, the morale of Man Utd players will be severely affected if they experience a poor match on the opening day of the Champions League.
Putting aside a relatively unstable football season, Bayern Munich is experiencing a pretty good start to the new season. After 4 rounds, coach Thomas Tuchel and his team had 3 wins and only lost points once in the draw with Bayer Leverkusen last weekend. Contributing greatly to Bayern’s impressive series of achievements are obviously the classy performances from Harry Kane, who has pocketed 4 goals since the beginning of the season.
There were concerns that Kane would not be able to shine when moving to another league, but in the end, he adapted extremely quickly to the new environment and proved his qualifications as a top striker. In fact, if Tottenham Hotspur had not been so tough in the summer market, it is likely that Kane would now be on his way with Man Utd to Munich. For now, the Red Devils need to prepare to “block” the 30-year-old striker in the upcoming match.
In fact, Stopping Kane was not too difficult a problem for Ten Hag in the past, In fact, the Dutch strategist completed this task excellently in the matches against Tottenham last season. It is important to know that Kane scored 42 goals in all competitions last season, but in both encounters with Man Utd, the English star could not put his name on the scoreboard.
“His impact on Spurs’ style of play is quite clear. Of course, we have plans in place for that. You have to defend as a team. Kane is a smart player, don’t let him have a big influence on the match.”, Ten Hag shared before the match against Tottenham in April.
Currently, there will be concerns surrounding Man Utd’s defense when Raphael Varane and Luke Shaw are injured, but it is expected that Ten Hag will still know how to take advantage of existing options to maximally prevent the threat. The threat comes from Kane. Because according to data from Manchester Evening News, in two matches against Tottenham last season, there were 6 different players playing in the Old Trafford team’s defense.
More specifically, the defenders who faced Tottenham last season included Diogo Dalot, Shaw, Varane, Lisandro Martinez, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Victor Lindelof. If you ignore Shaw and Varane, the remaining 4 names are still enough for Ten Hag to arrange a relatively reliable defense. But of course, Bayern Munich and Tottenham are two completely different teams, so Ten Hag cannot focus entirely on Kane and ignore other quality individuals.
Huynh Phong | 19:44 September 18, 2023