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How and why Mourinho should experiment with a flat 4-4-2 formation at Manchester United

Tarkesh Jha
ANALYST
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16.59K   //    18 Feb 2018, 16:48 IST

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Bringing back the 4-4-2 (flat) formation could prove to be beneficial

Back in the day, Manchester United often lined up with a flat 4-4-2 formation in the field in the latter part of the last decade. However, as football progressed further, tactics changed, and teams tweaked their formations to accommodate and adjust themselves to the demands and the transitions in the Premier League.

Now, as the team finds itself in a bit of a testing scenario, here is why Jose Mourinho should flip the pages to bring some more consistency to this Manchester United squad:


Alexis Sanchez and the dilemma surrounding the left wing

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New concerns

Alexis Sanchez’s arrival has brought in a whole set of new questions for the manager. Though the Chilean is a supremely talented player and can be the X-factor behind Manchester United’s pursuit of the Premier League title in coming years, currently, there are a few questions that are unanswered in the squad.

For starters, Alexis Sanchez needs to play in the left wing for one to bring out the best out of him.

However, as Sanchez plays on the left wing, Anthony Martial’s playing time has been reduced and rightly so. Currently, Sanchez is a much more developed player and is much more important to United’s prospects in the near future. This leads us to the question; can Martial play in a favoured position with Alexis on the field?

The answer is certainly yes.

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Tarkesh Jha
ANALYST
16 Y/O, Manchester United supporter. A fan of Jose Mourinho. Believes that David de Gea is the second best footballer in the world. You guess the first! Articles are published regularly on websites like Mad About EPL, CricFrenzy and now at Penalty-Kick too.
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