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Ruthless finishing continues to paper over Manchester United’s cracks

Louis van Gaal’s side created few chances against Yeovil but a change of tactics at half-time and some brilliant finishing covered up their shortcomings
• Match report: Yeovil 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester United were playing against League One’s bottom side but this game wasn’t entirely different from their recent victories over Arsenal, Liverpool and Southampton. United were often under pressure and struggled to create chances but ruthless finishing saved the day.

The Yeovil Town manager, Gary Johnson, generally plays 4-4-2 but opted for a more cautious 4-5-1 formation, ensuring Yeovil could compete in the centre of midfield. Yeovil focused on making life difficult for United: energetically pressing high up the pitch, shutting off passing options for David de Gea and forcing United’s defenders into nervous passes. Chris Smalling was particularly panicky, conceding possession readily and thumping clearances into the stands, allowing Yeovil to build pressure.

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