Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has suggested we’ll know a lot more about the system Louis van Gaal wants to use at Manchester United over the next two weeks.
“I’m not sure if this is the system he’s using because of the players he has available – We’ll know by the end of the next two weeks (based on who he recruits),” said Neville.
United were exposed badly by Swansea City last weekend as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat on the opening day of the season in the opening match.
The players looked stretched at times in United’s defensive line and the need for extra reinforcements from the transfer market has been well documented in the days since the defeat.
United are reportedly working away on deals to sign extra players ahead of the transfer window deadline of September 1 and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is under pressure.
United’s main rivals; Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, all got off to winning starts and all looked in decent form.
Last season showed how much this group of United players can struggle once they fall behind and while we’ve only had one game of the season, it’s important the gap doesn’t get too big.
Neville went on to point out that van Gaal has had success using a 3-5-2 formation previously in his career, winning the Champions League in the mid-90s and he also pointed out that it’s the system Juventus frequently use in Serie A and they’ve won three league titles on the bounce.
There is real work to do over the next couple of weeks for United but Neville is right in suggesting we’ll know more this time in two weeks.