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  1. Jad
    October 19, 2012

    Great article.

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  2. Dinkar sharma
    October 19, 2012

    Very good article. Fully elaborated and a beautiful comparison between Argentina and United. Helps fans like us to understand tactics a little better. Thanks for this beautiful article

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  3. karma
    October 19, 2012

    Absolutely brilliant analysis!

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  4. HT
    October 19, 2012

    Good analysis I should say..

    I really liked your last part (with the ball vs without the ball scenarios). This would enable Rooney to score goals as well as provide some defensive cover.

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  5. eric shalimba
    October 19, 2012

    perfect help for our man-u

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  6. Ray
    October 19, 2012

    It’s a good analysis and I think it could work, and I think the comparison and the players we have could fit into that formation. Recently I’ve been thinking that we may need to get a bit more radical, such as a 5-2-1-2 formation. Evra and Rafael play as wing backs anyway and with only 2 centre backs in the team it has left us badly expose a few times. The two in central midfield would be a combination of Carrick/ Scholes/ Fletcher/ Cleverley/ Giggs dependant on the opposition. The advanced midfielder slot would be filled by Kagawa/ Nani/ Young or even Cleverely or Rooney. And then two strikers. This would be a huge change for a team the has for the most part played 4-4-2 for as long as I can remember but it would get the best out of Evra and Rafael, it would even be possible to play Valencia in place of Rafael on occassions. It would also give Kagawa the chance to play in his preferred role and still retain the threat from two strikers.
    Might be a bit too much of a change for many but I think it could work.

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    • Kekonius
      October 19, 2012

      @Ray: Would not mind that if we are having the lead. However i want us to play attacking footie normally. but against chelsea away, why not :)

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  7. Moscow
    October 19, 2012

    Take Welbeck out of the starting XI FFS, and push Rooney up front with RVP. Take Kagawa away from the right where he is ineffective and put him in the hole where Rooney was against Newcastle. Put Fletcher as the holding midfielder, Carrick in front of him with Anderson/Cleverley and we’re good to go.

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  8. svein
    October 19, 2012

    Seriously – this analysis actually use many words to say… Well… Everyone with half a brain, know the formation problem at United, without looking at Argentina. OF COURSE, it’s natural to bring in Valencia into the next starting line-up – or at least one winger.

    Ferguson is experimenting, and that’s great! It gives us options, it gives us an opportunity to adapt the opponent.

    Using this parallell you’ve learned people nothing new – it’s all there to see in the first place.

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    • plass
      October 20, 2012

      @svein: Yup, spot on on! It’s for everybody to see and Valencia is in todays starting line-up.

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  9. Sahal
    October 19, 2012

    Great Article!
    I wonder how this formation would work against teams who are very compact,especially at Old Trafford.In those cases we normally rely on a great cross or breakthrough from the wing,will be very interesting to see how the formations develop this season.

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  10. common sense
    October 20, 2012

    Valencia as central midfielder? That’s as daft as you can get.

    LOL Valencia, he’s an out and out winger and should be used as such.

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  11. Redrich
    October 20, 2012

    Beautiful post, as usual RR. Not only balanced and objective, but intelligent and insightful. You have outlined a way forward for United that seems perfectly within our current capabilities – just hope SAF doesn’t resort back to his preferred conventional 4-4-2.

    More please. 😀 😀 😀

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    • Onkar
      October 20, 2012

      @Redrich: Well said Red… Infact the Balance and the objectivity in the article reminded me of our very own Old RR… which we were used to…

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  12. Oz
    October 22, 2012

    Great article. Just wish Fergie would actually give it a shot.

    I totally agree with Kagawa playing at 10. His passing is a little more piercing than Rooney’s when playing behind the striker. And Rooney is a definately a threat infront of goal and he is also passionate about hustling to get the ball back defensively. If there were two players I would want to lead a counter it would certainly be Van P and Kagawa with Rooney and Valencia following up in support.

    Great setup and uses all our players to the best of their ability.

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  13. The_Philosopher
    October 30, 2012

    When we getting a tactics board for the Chelsea game? :)

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    • Ian
      October 30, 2012

      On its way….

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