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4 Ways Manchester United can line-up under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Varun Nair
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20 Dec 2018, 19:34 IST

#2 4-1-4-1


During his second stint with Molde, Solskjaer started experimenting with his formations and started employing the 4-1-4-1 formation during the rear end of the last Norwegian's season. The former striker may be prompted to employ the formation once again if his favored 4-2-3-1 doesn't work out as he hopes to. Once again the team is going to be set around the World Cup winner Paul Pogba, with the Frenchman pulling the string in the midfield.

In goal, there is only one player that is sure to start and it is the Spaniard David De Gea. The heart of the defensive line-up is likely to be filled by the Ivorian Eric Bailly and the Swedish Victor Lindelof, arguably the best individual defenders in the team. Rojo, Smalling and Jones will all provide cover for the defenders. The full-back roles are likely to be occupied by the English pairing of Luke Shaw on the left and Ashley Young on the right.

Nemanja Matic is likely to start in this formation ahead of the likes of Herrera, Fred and Fellaini with the Serbian more defensive approach giving much-needed protection to the defensive line. Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are likely to occupy the center of the midfield for United with Fred, Andreas Pereira, Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera likely to give cover for the duo.

The wings are likely to be occupied by the French-English pairing of Martial on the left and Rashford on the right. Sanchez is likely to provide cover for Martial while Andreas Pereira, who was employed on the right flank in Valencia, can provide cover for Rashford along with Mata.

Romelu Lukaku once again looks likely to lead the attack with Rashford and Sanchez providing cover for the big Belgian.

Solsjkaer may also be tempted to call upon the likes of Chong, Greenwood and other young United reserves who have been dominating the reserve league.

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