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Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace came up with a Masterclass Tactic against Manchester United and stole the show.

Hence, It was a nightmare start for Manchester United and the scenes behind is the mastermind of Roy Hodgson with his beautiful Sit and Counter Tactic again.

Crystal Palace has started the season in style and currently, holds the fifth position in the table.

Thus, the question arises. How Did Roy Hodgson manage to beat Manchester United?

What is the Tactic behind it?

Everything is explained in Short Videos and Pictures. Therefore you will understand easily and enjoy the football game more.

Roy Hodgson Tactic vs Manchester United Explained:


The Tactic used by the Eagles Manager and Experienced Man is Sit and Counter Tactic.

Overall View


The main plan is to defend in their own half and be calm until the right moment comes to tackle. If tackled or a pass is missed, then they will counter at high speed by pushing players forward.

Sit and Counter Implications


1. The Team will not keep possession and try to feed the ball to the attackers for a quick attack.

2. The total no of passes will be very low as they will not rotate the play with teammates.

3. The Passing accuracy will be very low as quick attacks will have many miss passes

The above mentioned points can be clearly visible in the Crystal Palace Stats in the First Two Matches of EPL 2020/2021.

Roy Hodgson Tactic shows less passes, possession and Passing accuracy against Manchester United and Southampton
Crystal Palace Stats vs Manchester United and Southampton

The Roy Hodgson Formation for Sit and Counter Vs Manchester United


The teams which prefer this tactic needs more players to defend and race forward. Hence, box to box players is required.

Hence, Roy Hodgson chooses players who can sprint well and make diagonal runs against Manchester United.

Roy Hodgson’s Plan include two primary players: Zaha and Townsend. Also, Schlupp comes on the other side.

Ayew is used to pull the man to his side and create space for runs and pass. Batshuayi and Eze are used if players get tired and need new legs.

Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace used four main attackers against Manchester United
The Main Four attackers standing between Man Utd Mids and Defence

Thus, Roy Hodgson used 4-4-2 formation for deploying three main runners and a finisher.

The First Goal VS Manchester United

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Palace scored the first goal with in eight seconds of play.

The ball was with Sakho and they moved for a fast attack hence they used left flank this time.

The centre back passed the ball to the left-back Mitchell and there started the Attack.

The Series of images will tell exactly how players understand each other and move. Read captions for better understanding.

Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace came up with a Masterclass Tactic against Manchester United and stole the show.
Ayew Drags Fosu to Create Space for Schlupp
Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace came up with a Masterclass Tactic against Manchester United and stole the show.
Schullp sees the space and starts a run and Mitchell delivers a nice reachable Longball
Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace came up with a Masterclass Tactic against Manchester United and stole the show.
Lindelof tries to hold him back but Schullp has some space and tries to sqaure for Townsend
Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace came up with a Masterclass Tactic against Manchester United and stole the show.
The cross is really good as unreachable by Shaw and Townsend
Roy Hodgson, the manager of Crystal Palace came up with a Masterclass Tactic against Manchester United and stole the show.
Townsend Pounces and finishes the cross into the far Corner


I believe you have understood the above explanation. This is How Roy Hodgson launched his first strike against Manchester United.

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Back to Tactic

Now the team has scored a goal and taken the lead. Its time to defend well and break the mentality of the opposition team.

Crystal Palace defended well and deprived the motivation of the United Players.

Manchester United started to push hard to get an equaliser but couldn’t find best chances.

Hence, pushing forward resulted in bad passes and interceptions which is successfully countered by Crystal Palace.

The Second-Goal vs Manchester United


Roy Hodgson’s Second Rocket came at the last twenty minutes as Manchester United players lacked energy and motivation.

Van Beek’s Pass was intercepted and the ball came to Townsend. Launching a quick attack is the main part of sit and counter tactic and Palace forwards does it well.

Townsend played the ball to Zaha who doesn’t have much space drags Maguire to him.

Now Townsend moved forward for a return pass and then Zaha played the ball back to him.

Where Townsend left it willingly as Lindelof is marking him. It went for Ayew who is in space and scooped it as the hand ball penalty is awarded.

There is a clear explanation in the below video. Watch Carefully how the players move.

The Second Strike of Roy Hodgson against Manchester United


Hence, its two nil and match is nearly over.

But one poor clearence from Koyate costs Crsytal Palace one goal scored by Van Beek. It stayed 1-2.

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Roy Hodgson introduced Eze to bring in fresh legs and still continued with same plan to outwit Manchester United.

The Third Goal Vs Manchester United


The Third goal is the brilliance of Zaha!!!

There is again a break out and the ball is passed to Zaha from the Left wing side.

Zaha fights with Lindelof and acquires the ball.

Then moves inside the box.

Takes a near-post finish with Lindelof and Maguire Covering him.

De Gea didn’t move a muscle.

What a finish from the Ex-Man Utd winger.

Roy Hodgson Celebrates as it is a sure win against Manchester United.

The third Strike of Roy Hodgson against Manchester United

This is How the Roy Hodgson side excelled against Manchester United and won the emphatic match.

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In this Beautiful Game, everything is governed by Tactics, Time and Temperament. I don't see where the ball moves, but I never miss to see how players move. Think yourself as a Manager and you will enjoy the game never like ever.

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