Louis van Gaal is still testing the waters with formations at Manchester United and explains how he felt starting two strikers was causing an imbalance in the team.
Although he has since admitted there may have been too many changes so far, the Dutchman believes it was a necessary change in order to sure up a leaky defence.
“With the other system, I could play with two strikers but then the balance was gone,” Van Gaal explained last week.
“We had difficulties in the last half-an-hour.
“That is why I have remodelled the structure. Since that game [Everton], we have had fewer goals in favour but also fewer goals against. And we have played against the better teams in the Premier League on an equal level, more or less.”
Since the formation change, United’s attacking threat has certainly been lessened thanks to one up front instead of two but it’s all to do with finding the right balance.
Neither Falcao or Van Persie have been anywhere near their best so far this season and some have suggested that as they are both natural finishers, they were getting in each other’s way in front of goal.
That certainly won’t be the case in the newly adopted 4-3-3 formation from Van Gaal but it does mean that one has to be left out when both are fully fit. As it stands, Van Gaal hasn’t had to make that decision.
With so much attacking talent in the squad, Van Gaal has to leave a few players out and it will be interesting to see who he places his faith in for the rip trip to Arsenal in two weeks, although it is likely to be Van Persie against his old team.