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NEW DEADLY FORMATION MANCHESTER UNITED IS CHANGING TO

Solskjaer’s persistence with the 4-2-3-1 is incredibly risk-averse and, while he understandably wants to offer his defence adequate protection against strong opposition, he needs to remember his promise of bringing back the ‘Manchester United’ way

The United boss has characterised the club’s DNA as ‘taking the game to the opposition, always believing in yourself’ but United are often instead found failing to seize the initiative in fixtures – Aston Villa looked more dangerous than United at the weekend.

Fred and McTominay played in the double pivot against Villa and they were both relatively poor, failing to control the game and struggling to orchestrate spells of possession for United, so on the face of it Solskjaer has nothing to lose by changing formation.

While there are concerns on United’s defensive solidity if playing in a 4-3-3, the formation would place a greater emphasis on attack, which could negate that downside and it would also bring out the best in Pogba while also freeing up the left-wing role.

Attack can sometimes be the strongest form of defence and Solskjaer boasts a wealth of attacking talent at his disposal.

If he doesn’t take advantage of that, and tweak his side tactically this season, the pressure on the boss could increase.

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