West Ham vs MU: Lanzini is very dangerous

United as a guest of West Ham in the 6th round of the Premier League and one of the biggest threats from the host is Manuel Lanzini.


Despite spending £45 million to buy Sebastien Haller and 25 million to buy Pablo Fornals, it is Manuel Lanzini’s return that is considered the most important factor that can help West Ham make a difference.

After missing most of last season due to a tendon injury and many other injuries, Lanzini is rediscovering his best form. He created 15 chances for his teammates after 5 games of the new season, only less than De Bruyne (19 chances) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (21).

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In West Ham’s 4-1-4-1 diagram, Lanzini is one of two people playing the “No. 8” role with Mark Noble. Supported by his teammates, he was able to freely occupy gaps. Not good at tackling but Lanzini played hard, determined, ready to steal the opponent’s ball and launched sharp passes for teammates.

MU must be very wary whenever holding the ball in 1/3 of the field. West Ham this season holds an average of 47.4% of the ball, ready to let the opponent hold the ball more and then sneak the opportunity to exploit the opponent’s mistake. Before MU, Lanzini and Noble will find opportunities to steal the ball, along with Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko on the wings of the counter-attack.

Lanzini tends to have a wide kick near the edge, helping West Ham to create a large number of players near the boundary and thereby make it easier to move the ball upwards instead of being forced to cross the border, slowing the pace up the ball. Not only has a good mind when passing the ball, Lanzini also has the ability to move at high speed, helping him easily exploit the gaps exposed in the opponent’s defense.

Thanks to his ability to pass people in hand-to-hand situations, Lanzini makes the opponent tend to stand a meter away from him to guard instead of approaching. As a result, he has room to make a deadly pass or launch a cross on the bottom third of the opponent’s field. That’s exactly what happened when Lanzini assisted Anderson to score in the match against MU last season.

Another problem MU must be very wary of the threat from Lanzini is the fixed situation, especially the corner kick because the player of The Hammers is capable of dangerous free kick. Quick free kicks from the wings. Of the 15 chances Lanzini has created since the start of the season, nine come from live balls. The remaining 6 chances are created from dangerous free kicks into the local ban.

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