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Fergie's Tactical Decisions Were Perfect On Sunday

I'm always eager to point out Sir Alex Ferguson's perceived mistakes so it's only fair if I give him praise when he deserves it because he got just about everything right at Arsenal - and United won 3-1 with a magnificent display.

It was vital that we do not surrender the midfield so going with three in the middle was the way to go - check.

He quickly recognised that Scholes should not be played deep because he can't keep up with Fabregas and his rash tackling might be costly there. Pushing him further up the field and pulling Carrick back ensured stability and good passing as well.

Many eyebrows were raised when Valencia was left out in favour of Nani but that, too, was a correct decision, based on the Portuguese's form and on the fact that he's a better option for a three-pronged attack as Valencia's one-footedness makes him a little predictable and one-dimensional to really excel there - he's better on the right of a midfield four though he is competent as a wide attacker of course.

It was clear that Fergie earmarked Clichy as the weakest link in the Arsenal side and as the left back was tormented beyond dignity by Nani in the first half one must conclude that Fergie's reasoning was sound and Clichy was indeed an accident waiting to happen on the left of that less than watertight defence.

Park was a good choice on the other flank because he is invaluable in defending from the front and Giggs looked a little tired against City anyway. The Korean's energy is ideal against a team as exuberant and vibrant as Arsenal - it's no coincidence he scored three goals against them, more than against any other team.

His substitutions were well-timed and wise. Scholes has just started tiring a little when he brought him off and though Giggs did not play particularly well, his coolness had a good effect and quite simply he covered more ground than a tiring Scholes could have done.

In the end, it was mostly timewasting of course but it was wise to bring off Park and Nani at the end when they looked totally exhausted. Berbatov and Valencia were introduced with the aim of seeing out the remaining few minutes without conceding again. Both did a good job of shielding the ball and they played their part.

So, congratulations Sir Alex, it was one of those games when all of his calls were correct. And we reaped the rewards.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 2 2010

Time: 6:54PM

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Yeah, to be fair, he has got some of his tactics BADLY wrong against the top teams recently, but he was spot on with this one. Lets hope he can get one over ancelotti for once, later in the season.
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02/02/2010 19:18:00

lets hope wenger gets the better of ancelotti first :|
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02/02/2010 20:28:00

feckin dream on you red t*****!
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02/02/2010 20:54:00

I have to agree he got the tactics right- for me what changed the game was moving Scholes forward because he was unable to handle Fabregas and was a yellow card- or worse- ready to happen. Hopefully Arsene will figure out Chelsea, and probably will after the earlier spanking at home. Chelsea might be man-for-man marginally better than Man United, but United has a lot more tricks in their bag. In fact, Chelsea were lucky to draw Hull City today.
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03/02/2010 01:03:00

When Chelski come to OT will be interesting - and Chelski have quite a hard next few matches IMO
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03/02/2010 20:38:00

United vs Chelsea will decide who wins the premier league, both teams are just too good. As for tactics, yeah they definately were spot on.
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04/02/2010 08:23:00

We should have beaten Chelski at SB - JTs 'goal' was a blatant foul on Wes - but that went uinpunished - lets see what happens at OT and Im sure we will win convincingly
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