Manchester United kick started their third Premier League campaign under Jose Mourinho last Friday, beating Leicester 2-1 in the first game of the season. So what formation should United use in attempt to win the 2018/19 Premier League title…?
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The Portuguese tactician finished second best last season and will be looking to stop his rival manager, Pep Guardiola, from winning the title once again. Mourinho has three possible formations that he can play; 3-5-2, 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1. This shows the tactical fluidity that Man Utd can offer whilst also shows the quality in central midfield, with players like Fred, Pogba, Matic and Pereira all available.
The 3-5-2 offers a temporary solution for the lack of natural first team wingers at United, allowing the wingbacks, Luke Shaw, Darmian, Valencia or Dalot, to provide the width and creativity down the flanks. Whereas the 4-3-3 would allow United to stay compact and invite pressure before breaking into space, ready to counter with Lukaku, Lingard and Sanchez. Something United could use against the likes of Tottenham. The likes of the 4-2-3-1 would be used to counter a 4-3-3 as it offers 2 screening midfielders and 4 attacking players, most likely to be used against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.