Man United are preparing for the new Premier League season and there could be a formation change from Solskjaer.
How do Manchester United end their long overdue wait for the Premier League title?
Changing formation could be the answer.
The MEN revealed last month that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been considering a formation change for the new season, as the Norweigan looks to close the gap to rivals by Manchester City by closely assessing and reviewing his side’s strengths and weaknesses.
Regardless of tactical nous, however, history has shown at Old Trafford — with Jose Mourinho, for example — that succeeding in the transfer market is obviously crucial in preparing for a strong campaign.
But fortunately for United, Solskjaer is excelling in that area right now.
Jadon Sancho’s imminent arrival will add some much-needed creativity, flair and unpredictability to Solskjaer’s United side, who sometimes last season looked pedestrian and toothless when attempting to orchestrate attacks, allowing the opposition to regroup.
Solskjaer will no doubt convey the message that the ball needs to be moved quicker, but the United boss’ persistence with the 4-2-3-1 formation has proved controversial as time has gone on, with it becoming clear that two holding midfielders aren’t often required.
That approach proved to be United’s undoing on a few occasions last campaign and their defeat against Sheffield United in December is a perfect example of that, with the relegated side snatching the lead and United were frustrated, unable to find an equaliser.
Although the Europa League final defeat was an unwanted blip, the general consensus is that Solskjaer is making progress and United have now overtaken Liverpool and Chelsea in the league standings. They might need a formation change to stay there, though.
The cautious 4-2-3-1 approach that Solskjaer trusts has brought United into title contention, but the limitations of Fred and Scott McTominay playing instead of Paul Pogba in the double pivot have been regularly exposed. When the latter has played that role, he hasn’t looked as effective as he can be.
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Pogba’s performances at the European Championship for France, on the other hand, were outstanding.
The 28-year-old delivered multiple sensational displays and his audacious goal from distance against Switzerland sent a timely reminder of his worth and value going forward.
Solskjaer would have been following all of United’s players at this summer’s tournament, but the most important conclusion he can make from his analysis is surely that Pogba needs to play further forward in midfield next season; the shackles need to come off.
It seems logical for United to use the 4-3-3 formation instead next campaign as they look to launch a serious Premier League title challenge .
It would bring balance and fluidity in attack, now Solskjaer finally boasts the personnel to efficiently implement it.
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