Gary Neville believes Manchester United should play with a fluid 4-3-3 formation for the rest of the season following the 3-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Louis van Gaal has experimented with a 3-5-2 and a flat 4-4-2 this season but went for a 4-3-3 against Spurs, something which
As it panned out, Man United played some of their best football of the season and eventually registered a resounding win against Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Neville says United’s performance means van Gaal should keep playing the formation for the foreseeable future.
Speaking about United’s formation, Neville said: ”When he was appointed, this [4-3-3] is the system everyone thought he would play, but in pre-season he came out of the World Cup playing three at the back with Holland and took that into United.
“He played it in every single pre-season game, but then ditched it after a couple of games. Then they played a diamond and today it was 4-3-3. That’s probably what everyone expected.
“I don’t think he’ll be changing that too quickly because that was head and shoulders Manchester United’s best performance of the season. The tempo in the play today was far better than it has been at any point.
“Everyone was positive and they were looking further forward quicker. It wasn’t long balls, it was good passes forward. Even the centre-backs were stepping out at times and playing good passes.
“They have been slow at times playing out from the back and we didn’t see a lot of that today at all. It was good.”
United were brilliant against Spurs but there shouldn’t really be a conversation about the team’s best formation this far into the season.
It was clear for all to see that three at the back didn’t work for United yet van Gaal persisted with the formation in the early part of the campaign. The Dutchman had a late start at the club due to the World Cup and was forced to experiment but it shouldn’t have taken him this long to figure out how to best use his players.