Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has given his thoughts on the part of team’s performance, which is improving.
United were impressive in a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Chelsea at Old Trafford yesterday, making it difficult for the Blues to play the free flowing and expansive football they have displayed already this season.
“Our team structure is getting better with each game,” said Smalling after the game.
One of the reasons United were so impressive against Chelsea is because they played with a very compact formation, which made it difficult for Chelsea’s key players to get on the ball and spray passes around midfield.
The Blues have several players who are effective with the ball at their feet whether they have their head up looking for a pass or whether they’re trying to take on an opponent.
United didn’t allow them to be effective in either area.
The duo of Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind in midfield gave United a solid physical edge in the middle of the team, which made it difficult for Cesc Fabregas to settle.
There was also cover against the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian when Rafael and Luke Shaw found themselves exposed during the game and on the back foot.
That made it difficult for the Blues to find opportunities and space in wide areas, which prevented crosses coming into the box and also those players cutting inside and having shots on goal.
United now have a week to rest before the trip to local rivals Manchester City where Louis van Gaal will be looking for more of the same from his team.