How Roberto Mancini got the better of Sir Alex Ferguson – with 10 men | Michael Cox

Guardian

Mancini's unexpected switch to a back three meant Manchester City could outnumber United's two strikers and push forwardIt is rare to praise the tactical decisions of a losing manager, but Roberto Mancini's strategy after Vincent Kompany's dismissal yesterday afternoon was extremely effective – despite a nervous few moments before half time, and despite the overall defeat.One of the greatest challenges any manager can face is going down to 10 men midway through a match. In his early days at Arsenal, Arsène Wenger said that he practiced playing with 10 men in training, so his players were familiar with the situation and understood how their roles changed. His side picked up far too many red cards at that point – but when they did, they were always well prepared.Much of tactics, at least in terms of pure positioning, revolves around outnumb...

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