Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 defeat by the hands of Atletico Madrid in Oslo on the Ullevaal Stadion.
In what was new supervisor Erik ten Hag’s first defeat as United boss, United failed to interrupt down a defensively cussed Atletico Madrid facet that scored late into the sport to take dwelling a smash and seize victory.
United appeared good, nevertheless, regardless of the loss and there are various positives to take dwelling because the season kicks off in per week.
United completed the sport with 56% possession and 13 pictures, 4 of which had been on course, in comparison with the Los Colchoneros’ 44% possession, 7 pictures on course, with 2 being on course together with the all-important Joao Felix purpose.
There was little to distinguish the 2 groups with regard to their passing. The Crimson Devils accomplished 481 passes, with a formidable 86% accuracy.
Diego Simeone’s facet alternatively accomplished 377 passes, with a barely decrease 78% possession.
One of many standout performers in United’s slim defeat was left-back Tyrell Malacia.
The brand new United signing got here in for Luke Shaw who didn’t make the crew after an sickness. Malacia actually took his likelihood, with the Dutch worldwide locking down the left flank. The 22-year-old impressed each offensively, combining effectively with Marcus Rashford, and defensively, hardly ever getting achieved over on his facet.
Within the first half, Malacia had 41 touches of the ball, making 14 passes into the ultimate third, 10 of which he efficiently accomplished. An attacking asset!
The previous Feyenoord defender additionally received possession thrice within the first 45 minutes and created one likelihood.
Malacia, who accomplished the complete 90 minutes in what can solely be described as a colossal defensive efficiency, received 100% of his tackles and defensive duels. The participant completed the sport with a 90% accuracy from his 51/57 passes accomplished, exhibiting his capacity on the ball.
He received possession seven instances throughout his time on the pitch and likewise had a shot.
Tyrell Malacia’s sport by numbers vs. Atletico Madrid:
100% tackles received
90% move accuracy
51/57 passes accomplished
7 possessions received
1 possibilities created
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If Malacia’s efficiency in opposition to Simeone’s males was something to go by, Ten Hag could have a dilemma on his palms with regard to who begins the season within the left-back place. His numbers converse for themselves and there’s a case to be made for him to develop into the primary alternative left-back forward of Luke Shaw.