In the eternal debate over whether a manager should use the number 10, Manchester United and Arsenal are now – in the context of the Premier League’s “Big 6” clubs – on opposite ends.

The other four coaches of the “Big 6” clubs are somewhere in the middle. Jurgen Klopp implies that gegenpressing is a number 10 player and he often uses 4-3-3. However, there are times when Liverpool play with a 4-2-3-1 chart with Roberto Firmino kicking behind the striker.

With Manchester City, Pep Guardiola prefers a 4-2-3-1 scheme. This season he is playing Kevin De Bruyne in the number 10 role behind the striker more. As a result, The Citizens increasingly depends on the brilliance of the Belgian midfielder.

Meanwhile, manager Frank Lampard sometimes uses a player in that position at Chelsea and will probably switch continuously between 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 this season. Coach Jose Mourinho is doing the same thing at Tottenham Hotspur. These football teams don’t have a fixed system

Manchester United and Arsenal do the same, but in a different way. Even so, both these teams always have unchanging keys. “Red Devils” completely believe in using a number 10, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his team play around Bruno Fernandes. Meanwhile, Arsenal completely turned away from using the number 10 when coach Mikel Arteta eliminated Mesut Ozil from the squad for the Premier League as well as the Europa League.

Arsenal outperformed, put pressure on, deployed an impressive attack from the downline and generally dominated. Their problem, as usual, was to turn that overwhelming dominance into a scoring opportunity. Bukayo Saka stands out thanks to his ability to dribble rather than pass, Willian often passes the ball too hard, Alexandre Lacazette kicks a virtual number 9 quite effectively but mainly in terms of contribution to the defensive front. Meanwhile, Thomas Partey plays well but works too low to be creative.

So Arsenal entered the break 0-0, their tactical efficiency was greater than their opponents. Entering the second half, it feels like they will not score before the penalty kick situation appears.

Meanwhile, Manchester United is always committed to a number 10 is Fernandes. But the problem here is that their system is completely based on the number 10 player, if the Portuguese midfielder does not speak up or has a normal game then everything will collapse. Player 10 is responsible for linking midfields with strikers. If he was divided, the team would be broken and lacked cohesion.

Meanwhile, Manchester United is always committed to a number 10 is Fernandes. But the problem here is that their system is completely based on the number 10 player, if the Portuguese midfielder does not speak up or has a normal game then everything will collapse. Player 10 is responsible for linking midfields with strikers. If he was divided, the team would be broken and lacked cohesion.

After using a 4-2-3-1 for most of the match since the start of the season, coach Solskjaer switched to diamond in his Champions League encounter with RB Leipzig four days ago. And they worked. But in the game against Arsenal, it collapsed from the start. Fernandes cannot receive the ball in dangerous areas because Arsenal knows what can happen. Furthermore, Arteta’s pressure plan is entirely based on stopping Man United from deploying in the middle.

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The Arsenal forwards kicked close to each other, closing the gap and Fernandes’s supply of the ball was cut. So it could be said that Fernandes wasn’t a bad player – obviously he didn’t pass the wrong pass, his pass, hit the wrong ball, or scored awkwardly. You simply cannot participate in the implementation.

When that happened, Man United started to have an idea. On either side of the diamond, Scott McTominay was uncomfortable playing on the right and Paul Pogba’s influence was minimized when Solskjaer returned to a 4-2-3-1 and midfield. the French kick the left flank.

However, can Man United play well when Fernandes is locked or not on the pitch? This season, the “Red Devils” have only won 2 Premier League victories, including trips to Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United. In both these matches, Fernandes scored and assisted. When he was present, Man United was a great team. When he was unable to make an impact on the game, Man United also faded.