Louis van Gaal ditches Man United’s 4-2-3-1 system for new formation

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has apparently ditched his 4-2-3-1 formation that the club practiced on their tour of the United States this month in favour of a new 4-3-3 system, according to the Metro.

The Red Devils boss has now seemingly torn up the playbook, having used the formation all throughout their pre-season preparations, that has seen him juggle the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera in front of his back four.

But with just over a week to go until the new Premier League season kicks off, the Dutchman felt that things needed changing, with the Metro claiming that he felt a return to the 4-3-3 that worked so well at the tail end of the previous campaign it would be more prudent to stick with it rather than return to old ways.

United persevered with the 4-2-3-1 system for much of 2014/15, as val Gaal felt having two midfielders sat in front of a defence that lacked experience and looked increasingly vulnerable gave the team more stability. It also would have likely seen new signing Memphis Depay line up behind striker Wayne Rooney in the free role.

However, he justified his change of heart by saying: “[It will be] more or less 4-3-3. We played that already last season in the second half, and I have said that is the system I want to use,’ said Van Gaal.

“We played in our shape and played how we have to play. That’s also where I have been satisfied.”

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