Stan Collymore has urged Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to go back to basics in the game against Burnley.
Collymore suggested that the best way for United to react after scrambling for an equaliser against West Ham last weekend, is to set their stall out to play basic and effective football.
“What they should do is play a flat back four, have four across midfield and have natural width,” said Collymore.
His advice for Louis van Gaal is spot on.
United have switched between three man and four man defensive systems throughout the season, which would have made it difficult for the defence to settle effectively.
A back four creates a strong central defence with full-backs who can nudge up the pitch when possible to create extra width.
In terms of who should play on either side of the midfield, there are options for the manager.
Angel Di Maria can play down either flank for United while Adnan Januzaj is a good attacking option to have coming off of the left.
Playing with two wingers allows him to setup with a creative midfielder in the middle and a defensive player like Daley Blind.
It’s then a case of deciding which two players start in the two striker positions, with Wayne Rooney possessing the obvious ability to drop into midfield when he needs to.
It’s then a choice between Robin Van Persie, James Wilson and Radamel Falcao in terms of who plays through the middle.
Keep the tactics and the system simple and play United’s key players in their best positions.
It’s basic advice and it will be interesting to see if van Gaal is thinking along similar lines tomorrow night.