Van Gaal To Deploy United In 4-3-3 Formation

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United coach Louis van Gaal has revealed that Manchester United will play the 4-3-3 formation next season, after experimenting in preseason.

The manager tinkered with the shape of the team last season, as United overcame a poor start to the season to qualify for Champions League football after being absent for a year.

It seems the Dutchman has finally settled on the manner he wants the Red Devils to be deployed.

“More or less 4-3-3,” he told the club’s official website. “We played that already last season, in the second half of the season, and I have said that is the system I want to use.

“We played in our shape [on tour] and played how we have to play. That’s also where I have been very satisfied.”

He added: “That the midfielder is [sometimes] in front of the striker is not bad because I think you do need variation in your attack,” said Van Gaal, in a press conference following the final tour match against PSG.

“I like that and I ask for that, especially from Memphis. It can also be [Michael] Carrick or [Bastian] Schweinsteiger or [Morgan] Schneiderlin once in a while but mostly Memphis [Depay]. It depends on our opponents.”



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