After a rampant opening weekend, Old Trafford is filled with much optimism. The Red Devils dispatched a makeshift Chelsea 4-0 in a win that sent shockwaves across the country.
Much had been made of Manchester United’s transfer business, with many believing it wasn’t enough for them to mount a significant top-four bid. But Sunday's result suggests different.
In the summer window, Ed Woodward secured record deals for Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, totaling £130 million. In addition to that, Romelu Lukaku was sold for £87 million to Inter Milan.
All this business has left many wondering how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will line up these United players in order to get a different result in comparison to last season’s woeful showing.
Here are three ways that Manchester United could line up this season.
#3 Expansive 4-1-2-1-2
The 4-1-2-1-2 is a formation that focuses on penetration through the middle. It encourages teams to attack centrally with the aim of overloading opposing defences.
The boss could deploy this system when facing smaller teams by deploying a low block. With this formation, United would adopt a high defensive line, looking to push the whole team higher up the pitch.
For this system, you need players with great close control to play in tight spaces. United have an abundance of such players. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as a front two, with Jesse Lingard behind them, would produce pace, skill and intricate play.
Either the LCM or RCM would be tasked with making third man runs into the box, while the other could sit back to dictate possession from deep.
Solskjaer seems to favour Scott McTominay, so it’s possible he could the be CM making tireless runs into the box, while Paul Pogba would be tasked with controlling the game with everyone in front of him.
This system is an ultra-attacking one that would take United back to the days where they were relentless and didn't give rival teams a second to think.