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Can 3-5-2 succeed at Manchester United?

Date: 29th July 2014 at 6:32pm
Written by Christy Malyan

There were plenty of winners and losers at Brazil 2014. German football, Brazilian football, James Rodriguez, Luis Suarez, Louis van Gaal, spray-can technology, all left the World Cup with their reputations either greater or lesser than before. But one undoubted victor of the tournament in Brazil that has thus far slipped under the radar is the re-emergence of 3-5-2. The formation saw Chile annihilate Spain, aided Costa Rica's against-the-odds march to the quarter-finals and even facilitated for a rather ordinary Netherlands side to reach and win the third-place play-off. Does that make Hull City's Steve Bruce one of international football's leading contemporaries? Maybe not. Former Oranje gaffer Louis van Gaal now wants to bring 3-5-2 to Manchester United - a system which actively defies every philosophical tradition at Old Trafford, most notably the exclusion of natural wingers. He's used the formation during both of the Red Devils' pre-season fixtures against La Galaxy and Roma, and has subsequently suggested the club's recruitment this summer will be done baring it in mind. In turn, the question must be asked; can 3-5-2 succeed at Manchester United? Opinions on the system ... Read More


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