Nani picks the ball up on the left, with two Wolves players covering him. With nobody on the overlap to be concerned about, it should be relatively simple for the two Wolves defenders to contain Nani and show him down the line.
Of course the other option would be to let him wander infield unchallenged to shoot from the edge of the D… Two of the defenders make the same mistake of closing him down from too square a position, meaning all Nani has to do is continue running in the same direction and allow his momentum to take him past the defender who now has to stop and turn to follow him infield. The shot flies through a group of players giving Hennessey little chance to react in time to the shot drilled into the near post.
Nani again picks the ball up in space on the left, and Edwards moves out to not leave Zubar in a one-on-one with him. In this situation Henry should recognise the space that Rooney has been left in and move out to close him down – he’s not offering anything by collapsing back on his defence here.
Nani plays the ball to Rooney, and Henry belatedly recognises that he needs to close Rooney down. Rooney allows the ball to run across him, creating space as Henry’s momentum means he can’t turn as quickly.
There’s only one player between Rooney and Hennessey so he couldn’t have been unsighted, but the ball was halfway in before Hennessey even began to react.
The evidence continues to mount that Smalling is a reactor rather than a reader of the game. In this case, Jarvis doesn’t need anything more clever than a drop of the shoulder to create enough space to put in a dangerous cross.
Evra is caught under the ball at the far post and Fletcher outjumps him, looping the ball back over Evans on the line.
This Manchester United team is based on width and this is a classic goal for such a setup. As Valencia brings the ball in from one wing looking to commit the fullback, Nani makes a run in from the other wing looking to get on the end of any cross, with Zubar slow to react.
This leaves Nani as the additional man as the ball is fired across the six yard box for him to tap in.
Welbeck breaks with the ball, and Rooney makes a run through the centre. The best ball in this situation is arrowed; Berra is facing away from play and has to either turn to his left in an attempt to keep his eyes on the ball, in which case the break in his momentum will allow Rooney into a one-on-one, or he can turn to his right, maintaining his momentum in tracking back but having to take his eyes off both Rooney and the ball to do so. Rooney is calling for such a pass but Welbeck refuses.
As the ball is instead played to Valencia on the right, Rooney makes a run across to what is now the far post. Valencia again beats his man for pace to get in a cross.
The cross is a poor one, behind everybody, but Rooney is able to come back out to meet it and hit a swivelling half volley into the bottom corner.
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