Man United 3 vs 0 Liverpool

Here is our visualization that shows the smoothed positions of players around the time as indicated.

As we don’t have access to detailed tracking data we have tried to be as smart as we can with the “on-the-ball” data collected by Opta; we think we’ve made a decent attempt at trying to understand the flow of the game and the general positional trends of the players within the game.
We know it’s not perfect, but we’d need full tracking data to ensure that we have the exact positions of every player correct at all times.  In the absence of full tracking data, hopefully people will find these visualizations helpful.

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A couple of my thoughts:

  • Game was exceptionally compressed in the middle third during opening half hour
  • Moreno totally neglected his defensive positioning during the first half.  He is shown as further forward than Coutinho during nearly all of the first half
  • In the second half Fellaini dropped right back to offer additional protection to United’s defence

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