If you can’t beat them, join them – as the old adage goes – and in the context of the tactical landscape of the Premier League at this moment in time, that translates to adopting a three-man defensive line.
That’s exactly what Jose Mourinho did last weekend when his Manchester United side hosted Tottenham at Old Trafford, matching up with their 3-4-3 system – albeit using a slight variation of two strikers – to grind out a 1-0 win over their Premier League title rivals.
It was the first time the Red Devils have used a three-man defence in the Premier League this season and it certainly had the desired effect, with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling working well together to claim a clean sheet.
This weekend’s opponents Chelsea use the 3-4-3 system as well; in fact, it was Antonio Conte who introduced it at the top end of the Premier League during the start of last season.
So, United fans, should Mourinho stick with his 3-5-2 game-plan when United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday? Let us know by voting below…