Sam Tighe for Bleacher Report:
Emre Can was the man who challenged for that ball, and he lost out. And that set a tone for the rest of the afternoon as the Belgian became an easy outlet for David de Gea and Co. to hit. Multiple passes were threaded through to him, and United began building play through Fellaini from his position in left-central midfield, attracting the press and then flicking it out to the right in space.
It’s something Internazionale used to do, building on the left then switching to Maicon on the right with space to run into; it’s a devastating tactic if you can hold it long enough to attract markers then free your spare man.
Interesting conclusion. If true, it would mean Mata’s goal was planned out — an outlet to Fellaini, who passed it sideways to Herrera, who in turn threaded the ball to Mata to score.