United’s Michael Carrick on the benefit of van Gaal’s different formations

Michael Carrick has revealed the advantage of playing different formations under Louis van Gaal?

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has been speaking following his side’s 2-1 win against Southampton on Monday evening.

Two Robin van Persie goals gave United the victory even though they were well below par against an impressive but unlucky Saints side.

In an interview with MUTV later published by the club’s official website, the United player spoke about the benefits of playing different formations and what this result could mean for the rest of the season.

“With us playing in different formations I think it will help in the long run to adapt in certain games,” Carrick said.

Manager Louis van Gaal is certainly not afraid to change formations depending on the opponent and the players available to him, but some United fans are keen to see him stick to four in defence, the alternative often leading to uncertainty in the back-line.

But the manager will make the final decision, and he is guiding them through a tricky run of fixtures that suggests they could still be considered title contenders despite their struggles in the early weeks of the campaign.

Carrick certainly thinks there are good times ahead, adding, “There’s definitely more to come from us.

“It’s all about getting the points on the board and now is the time to carry that on.”

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