Sir Alex Ferguson ditched his diamond formation in favor of more width against Chelsea and it paid off as Manchester United secured a priceless victory against their title rivals.
Antonio Valencia’s vibrant display on the right gave Ashley Cole more problems than he is accustomed to, and it was from his cross that United forged an early 2-0 lead in an explosive encounter at Stamford Bridge.
The Ecuadorian produced a fine run and his cross for Robin van Persie on the edge of the area was exquisite. Van Persie lashed the ball home clinically with his weaker right foot to put United further ahead.
This was the third match running in which United’s precise crossing and one-touch finishing had made the difference.
Ferguson wrote up a detailed attacking wing play and shooting session in the October 2010 issue of Elite Soccer and the goals United have been scoring lately have been the direct result of work put in at the club’s Carrington training ground.
Get access to the session that has helped trigger a 10-goal rush in Man United’s last three matches
Although Sir Alex has opted for a diamond formation in recent matches, he knows the value of accurate balls into the area from wide positions.
In the 4-2 win over Stoke City nine days ago, Van Persie curled in a delicious fizzing cross from the left for Wayne Rooney to head in his first Premier League goal of the season.
Valencia then teed up Van Persie, just as he did at Stamford Bridge, while United’s third goal was the result of a fine cross from Rooney, with Danny Welbeck the beneficiary.
In the 3-2 Champions League win over Braga last Tuesday, United were up to their old tricks again. Javier Hernandez scored his side’s first and third goals after getting his head to precise crosses from Shinji Kagawa and Tom Cleverley.
“This session is at the heart of why we are regarded as such a potent attacking force in the Barclays Premier League,” Sir Alex wrote in Elite Soccer.
Sir Alex has won no fewer than 12 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns in a distinguished managerial career.
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The session will help your support players engineer chances through quick, instinctive interplay on the wing and your strikers to finish first time when the ball arrives into the area.
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