FAWSL 2019/20: Manchester United Women vs Liverpool Women - tactical preview tactics

This season of the FAWSL season has had a different feel as we have come off one of the most successful FIFA Women’s World Cup’s in recent memory. A number of players representing English women’s football across different nations were on display in France. The new season started two weeks ago, and we’ve seen some new teams in the league including Manchester United Women and Tottenham Hotspur Women.

Much has been said about Manchester United Women’s expected performance in their first season in the top flight and how they could perform. Casey Stone is looking to make a positive impact and make Manchester United Women an irresistible force akin to their male counterparts of yesteryear. Liverpool Women, however, have tasted success in the FAWSL winning consecutive titles in 2013 and 2014.

While Everton has surprised most fans with their 100% record with no goals conceded and three goals scored, a few teams haven’t made the kind of start they were expecting. Both Liverpool Women and Manchester United Women are languishing at the bottom of the table in 11th and 12th place with no goals scored yet.

“I see United potentially being one of the best clubs in the world within the next five to six years.” – Mary Earps.

Manchester United Women haven’t been particularly poor tactically but struggled to impose themselves in an attacking sense. Liverpool Women, on the other hand, struggled to keep possession and threaten Tottenham Hotspur Women defence in last week’s 1-0 defeat. They even endured another loss to Sheffield United Women in the FAWSL Cup. Today’s match represents a chance for both teams to get their first points of the season and kick start their campaign.

This tactical analysis preview will look to illustrate the tactics that both teams will look to use to try to claim three points.

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