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Manchester United formation switch could unlock new Cristiano Ronaldo partnership

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at a new attacking partnership which could cause serious damage this season  Cristiano Ronaldo is already undroppable for United Manchester United have often been criticised for being one-dimensional under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but they might have finally found a viable attacking alternative.     In midweek defeat to West Ham the club suffered from an absence of a main attacking focal point as Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded valuable rest and fellow veteran Edinson Cavani remained sidelined from injury.  Without either of their traditional No.9s to call upon, United failed to ever harm the West Ham low-block, something which Solskjaer admitted was partly down to the personnel.  "We are not great when we play against a low-block and just sling crosses in because we are not that type of team, we didn't have them types of players," Solskjaer admitted after the defeat. "So we tried to play round them, through them, get in behind them but we did not create enough big chances.     "There were lots of shots from outside the box, blocked shots, but you know they gave it their all, tried and the attitude when they lost the ball, can't fault any player out there."  Solskjaer refused to blame individuals on a night where forwards Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho had failed to light up the game, further acknowledgement from the manager that he had the system to win, but not the players available to do so.  United will face similar frustration as the season continues given the massive scalp they represent but next time, unlike on Wednesday night, they could have two players available who make their task easier.  Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Aston Villa, the United manager spoke glowingly of his two experienced strikers, suggesting Ronaldo and Cavani could even play alongside one another if necessary.   "It's exciting to see those two together," Solskjaer stated. "I'm sure that'll be a good partnership as well, wanting to be on the end of things.   United could switch to 4-4-2 to get the most from their two experienced forwards "We've seen some teams dropping deep against us, not giving space in behind and they're definitely two boys you'd like to see in around the goal in that scenario, I can see those two working well together."   In order to compensate for their attacking threats United could switch to a more traditional 4-4-2 set-up in order to use Ronaldo and Cavani in dual central roles, a change which could also suit Sancho on the wing as well.  Perhaps the most crucial element of making that approach work would be the midfield balance given that Paul Pogba would likely be on the left and Bruno Fernandes in a more restricted central role.  For matches when United need to go gung-ho they could risk sacrificing defensive cover in the centre of the pitch, though in finely-poised encounters they would still probably need a defensive specialist like Nemanja Matic to make it work.  Given the lacklustre nature of United's attacking play in midweek such a switch in style is certainly one which needs to be considered and as a lover of nostalgia it might be time for Solskjaer to embrace the formation he excelled in at the club himself.
Manchester United formation switch could unlock new Cristiano Ronaldo partnership


Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted at a new attacking partnership which could cause serious damage this seasonCristiano Ronaldo is already undroppable for United

Manchester United have often been criticised for being one-dimensional under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but they might have finally found a viable attacking alternative.

In midweek defeat to West Ham the club suffered from an absence of a main attacking focal point as Cristiano Ronaldo was awarded valuable rest and fellow veteran Edinson Cavani remained sidelined from injury.

Without either of their traditional No.9s to call upon, United failed to ever harm the West Ham low-block, something which Solskjaer admitted was partly down to the personnel.

“We are not great when we play against a low-block and just sling crosses in because we are not that type of team, we didn’t have them types of players,” Solskjaer admitted after the defeat. “So we tried to play round them, through them, get in behind them but we did not create enough big chances.

“There were lots of shots from outside the box, blocked shots, but you know they gave it their all, tried and the attitude when they lost the ball, can’t fault any player out there.”

Solskjaer refused to blame individuals on a night where forwards Anthony Martial and Jadon Sancho had failed to light up the game, further acknowledgement from the manager that he had the system to win, but not the players available to do so.

United will face similar frustration as the season continues given the massive scalp they represent but next time, unlike on Wednesday night, they could have two players available who make their task easier.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Aston Villa, the United manager spoke glowingly of his two experienced strikers, suggesting Ronaldo and Cavani could even play alongside one another if necessary.

“It’s exciting to see those two together,” Solskjaer stated. “I’m sure that’ll be a good partnership as well, wanting to be on the end of things.

United could switch to 4-4-2 to get the most from their two experienced forwards

“We’ve seen some teams dropping deep against us, not giving space in behind and they’re definitely two boys you’d like to see in around the goal in that scenario, I can see those two working well together.”

In order to compensate for their attacking threats United could switch to a more traditional 4-4-2 set-up in order to use Ronaldo and Cavani in dual central roles, a change which could also suit Sancho on the wing as well.

Perhaps the most crucial element of making that approach work would be the midfield balance given that Paul Pogba would likely be on the left and Bruno Fernandes in a more restricted central role.

For matches when United need to go gung-ho they could risk sacrificing defensive cover in the centre of the pitch, though in finely-poised encounters they would still probably need a defensive specialist like Nemanja Matic to make it work.

Given the lacklustre nature of United’s attacking play in midweek such a switch in style is certainly one which needs to be considered and as a lover of nostalgia it might be time for Solskjaer to embrace the formation he excelled in at the club himself.

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