United’s superior tackling the main difference at Old Trafford?

March 21, 2010

Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool this weekend was hardly a classic – it was a mundane, scrappy game producing few chances. Indeed, it is exactly the sort of victory United always achieve at this time of the season – picking up results without playing well.

But in this type of match, football often comes down to doing the basics well. This was not a match characterised by superb long-range passes or lightning counter-attacks, but by individual battles on the pitch.

And therefore, the tackle success ratios from both sides made for interesting reading. Manchester United’s was 63%, Liverpool’s just 48%. Not an enormous difference, but potentially crucial in a tight game such at this one.

This Chalkboard details where the tackles were won and lost:

by Guardian Chalkboards

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