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Manchester United’s potential formation including Radamel Falcao

by Richard Laverty

With Manchester United on the verge of agreeing a lucrative season-long loan deal for Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, the question most people will ask is how does Louis van Gaal accommodate the 28-year old in his attack given the amount of players already vying for first team spots?

Van Gaal has relied on a 3-5-2 formation so far this season and despite the obvious nervousness that spreads through the defence, it may be the only way accommodate the key players United have signed this summer.

A 4-3-3 would mean just one spot up front between three key strikers and would also take away the No.10 position, almost certainly ruling Juan Mata out of the first XI and meaning Wayne Rooney would be pushed out wide.

Rumours over Robin van Persie needing a knee operation would go some way to explain the deal for Falcao and would almost certainly confirm United and van Gaal will continue with the current formation with the Colombian partnering captain Wayne up front.

Angel Di Maria started on the left side of midfield against Burnley whilst Daley Blind has also been given assurances that he’ll have a starting berth in the midfield three alongside Di Maria and Ander Herrera.

The defence should look more confident once they have two defenders protecting them as opposed to Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young who’s main instinct is to attack rather than defend.

So, is this how United will line-up (injuries permitting) against QPR on 13 September?


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