Manchester United fans have called on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to mandate fundamental tactical change for the club’s meeting with Liverpool on October 20.

The Norwegian’s side have endured a miserable spell of form, going 11 games without an away win, which has left them just two points above the relegation zone.

One feature of United’s poor start to the 2019-20 season has been the remarkable lack of bite going forward, with attacks seemingly dissolving into total predictability before they’ve even properly started.

When we asked supporters what they thought needed to change, many thought that addressing this basic inertia through enacting a systematic tactical change would be a good idea.

It is strange that Solskjaer has ended up sticking with the 4-2-3-1, just like Jose Mourinho did, that rigid, seemingly sauceless formation which, whilst ostensibly being about balance, seems to totally defang the attack when the midfield cannot move the ball fast enough.

Moving back to a 4-3-3 – the system Solskjaer initially used after becoming caretaker manager – would immediately change the shape and feel of this team, creating new avenues, different angles. With Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba both back and fully fit, this change could – could! – see United create a few more good chances.


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Leo Nieboer