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Dark art has covered Old Trafford

16 Th3 2022 | 06:59

 Manchester United had to falter against a braver and more experienced opponent.

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The defeat to Atletico Madrid set a sad milestone in Man Utd’s history when the Old Trafford team had the 5th consecutive year empty-handed at major tournaments. The last time they enjoyed the joy of victory was the Europa League championship in the 2016/17 season under Jose Mourinho.

With the current scenario, it is likely that Man City fans will erect a banner at the Etihad, marking the number of years since their city rivals last won the title, similar to how Red Devils fans did. to mock The Citizens for 35 years.
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 Atletico have made their name in the quarterfinals of UCL.

But from a practical point of view, even when Man Utd set foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, they still have a hard time winning the championship, because the Old Trafford team has simply revealed a series of shortcomings.  Coach Ralf Rangnick’s army lacked the quality and courage to overcome an old Atletico, playing in a calculated and disciplined manner.

The away team accepted to play defensively to limit the attack power from the top star Red Devils.

Although everything did not go as expected by Diego Simeone when Man Utd owned a series of ten scoring opportunities from the feet of Anthony Elanga or Raphael Varane. However, they were also able to respond with two dangerous situations – one came from Rodrigo De Paul’s long shot and the other even went into the net but was disallowed for offside, before Renan Lodi headed high. opened the scoring in the 41st minute.

 

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 Simeone enjoys the joy of winning.

Man Utd have repeatedly complained about the last goal, thinking that Elanga was fouled, but the referee still pointed to the midfield line, asking the Red Devils to serve.

As soon as they took advantage, Atletico immediately deployed the “dark” defensive art – a specialty under Diego Simeone. They even pulled the entire squad back to the home field, to block all roads into Jan Oblak’s goal.

Not stopping there, Atletico also sought to prolong the match by fouling, overreacting or deliberately lying on the pitch, causing the home team’s attack to stall.
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 Rangnick was also annoyed by Atletico’s time-consuming screen.

The harassment from the La Liga team caused a lot of inhibitions for the opponent. And even though Rangnick threw Rashford, Matic and Pogba onto the pitch to make the ball rotation smoother, after all, Simeone still celebrated wildly when the final whistle blew, dragging behind a series of boos accompanying the bottles from the Old Trafford stands.

With the guidance of an experienced coach, despite everything to win, Atletico was able to continue the journey in the Champions League. Meanwhile, Man Utd should look at how the opponent takes advantage of opportunities and the courage to play under great pressure to find a more correct direction in the club’s revival plan.