Manchester United reverted to four at the back against Queens Park Rangers, and here is why.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed why he has ditched his 3-5-2 formation for the match against Queens Park Rangers.
The Dutchman introduced the system to the club during their pre-season tour, and has persevered with it thus far despite overseeing two defeats and two draws in his first four competitive games in charge.
However against Harry Redknapp’s side, van Gaal started with just four defenders in the form of Rafael, Marcos Rojo, Tyler Blackett and Jonny Evans; and speaking prior to kick-off the United boss revealed why.
In quotes published by the Daily Star, van Gaal said, “We will play with four at the back today, in midfield we play with four and Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney up front.
“I don’t have five defenders fit so it was easier for me to decide the formation. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are injured so I have to use the players I have available.”
Some United fans may see it as a blessing in disguise, believing that United should revert to a 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3 formation given the players now at their disposal.
Only time will tell if van Gaal plays three centre-backs once he has that number available again, but in the meantime, it is up to the players on the pitch to perform at their optimum.
If they do that, van Gaal may just throw his previous plans out the window…