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The audacity of 3-5-2 highlights the gulf between Man United’s managers

Date: 12th August 2014 at 6:41pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Whether he's storming off the set of a live Dutch football show, benching Rivaldo just days after winning the  1999 World Player of the Year award or revealing his testicles at half-time to the entire Bayern Munich dressing room, Louis van Gaal's incorruptible self-assurance has never been in doubt. But quite how confident in his own beliefs, bold and daring the Manchester United manager is prepared to be has only truly come to light since officially ascending to the Old Trafford throne after his escapades with the Netherlands at Brazil 2014. The 62 year-old has brought the philosophy that saw Oranje unexpectedly claim third place at the World Cup with him to Carrington, reshaping the United first team around a 3-5-2 system. The historical importance of this cannot be overstated; not only have the Red Devils forever been a back-four-double-wideman side, but three-man defences are widely considered alien and arguably incompatible with the Premier League - especially at its summit. The sheer audacity is a ... Read More

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