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  1. nnaemeka
    September 14, 2012

    nice right up. Just hope thats what Fegie is planning to do.

    http://incomepart.com/ref.php?page=act/ref&invcod=258306

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    • godzilla
      September 15, 2012

      @nnaemeka: WTF is that link dude?

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  2. Nelson
    September 14, 2012

    Any formation can be a solution. It just depends on personnel, accompanying tactical fluidity and how the manager reacts to the opposing gaffer’s tactical changes. I think that will be the key for us if we are to have a consistent season/ acquiring more wins.

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  3. RMJ
    September 14, 2012

    My only complaint on this piece and on many like articles regarding our midfield during 2006-2009 is how Hargreaves significance and contribution is overblown when compared to Carrick or Scholes. The 2007-08 was undoubtedly his best but he managed just 16 starts in the league and 25 as a whole that year and just 19 before that(arguably his fittest time in his Utd career without mentioning the number of times he couldn’t finish games or even make it to half time cos of injury plus he even played right back for a time in 07-08). Carrick and Scholes on the other hand each played more than 70% of our starts that year and even more before. The style we used in that year was purely counterattacking and was built upon what was probably as the writer described as the best defending quartet in football at that time. We in that season almost defending in bank of four and two where Scholes and Carrick patrolled in front of our back four and not to mention how superbly influential VDS was in holding the shape of our back line. We were impenetrable.

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  4. Moscow
    September 14, 2012

    Sooooo, play with 4-3-3 and win 3 consecutive league titles, reach consecutive CL Finals and lay claim to being the best team in the world (we were favourites going into the CL Final in 2009), then switch to 4-4-2 and suddenly the gravy train stops? Genius by the technical staff to realise that playing two in midfield was never going to work in the modern era.

    Hopefully when Mourinho arrives he will continue his streak of assembling the world’s best midfield. As RangeRooney has correctly identified, his Chelsea midfield were the pioneers of the fully functioning midfield trio with specialised roles, we need that at this club if we want to return to the summit of club football.

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    • jos
      September 15, 2012

      @Moscow: and who will give mourinho the money to do that???? glazers?? in your dreams…. i would love to see how many specialist midfielders he’d be able to buy for 20m

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      • Moscow
        September 15, 2012

        @jos: Fergie blew close to 40 million on Phil Jones and Ashley Young at the height of the Glazers’ crisis so Mourinho would cope well.

        He assembled a midfield on a shoestring budget at Porto, which included the likes of Costinha, Maniche and Deco, and then won the treble. There’s a reason he’s called the Special One.

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  5. colver
    September 15, 2012

    Aren’t you forgetting Valencia? I would say he is first choice on the right wing. Also it is far too early to say that Rooney is going to fill the left wing position. Or even that these are going to be Ferguson’s preferred tactics for the season.

    You correctly identified our defensive problems. But what about our midfield problems? Carrick and Cleverley is a very lightweight midfield pairing especially when you consider most teams these days load the midfield. We still look incapable of bossing a midfield and seem very vulnerable to counter attacks.

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    • Moscow
      September 15, 2012

      @colver: With the exception of Carrick, the central midfield is complete and utter dross, Barca/Real would annihalate us and quite a lot of European clubs would outplay and beat us too. Never seen such a shower of shit in midfield in all my time as a United fan.

      In 06/07, the midfield who were outclassed by Milan in a 3-0 spanking:

      Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs

      We’re quite close to 2013 now, and look at what we have to offer :roll:

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  6. awas
    September 17, 2012

    EXCELLENT ARTICLE!!!!
    BUT Cant belive you are putting young or nani ahead of VALENCIA!!!
    he’s excellent because he is both a better winger and defender that both those players….

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  7. The tactician
    September 17, 2012

    The only difference between this formation and a 4-2-3-1 is that in the 4-2-1-3 formation, it does not require the 3attacking forward to track back. I rather Saf go with the 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation as we have attacking midfielders/wingers capable of defending and attacking. So I do not believe this formation is the solution unless the author or anyone else can prove my point wrong. Interesting read though, but our attacking midfielders are not passengers compared to what you see at Arsenal, Madrid, etc.

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