Football Tactics for Beginners:The 4-2-3-1 formation

The most widely used formation in international football at present is the 4-2-3-1 formation and most of the top clubs in Europe have been...
Ritesh Gogineni
Editor/Founder of The False 9.

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Manchester United’s 2008 double winning team was a combination of stunning attacking talents and rock-solid defenders. In the Premier League, Sir Alex Ferguson generally stuck to his favoured 4-4-2 formation with Rooney and Tevez as the main strikers and Ronaldo playing on the right. It is the Champions League where Ferguson showed his tactical nous(Some say it was Carlos Quieroz) as they destroyed teams on the counter-attack. A front three of Tevez-Rooney-Ronaldo was pacy,mobile and lethal in finishing off teams. As all three of them could play in a variety of roles across the pitch, teams had a lot of trouble in marking them.

One of United’s best performances in that season was away against Roma in the Champions League Quarter Final first leg as United won 2-0. Ronaldo played as the False 9 with Rooney on the left and Tevez sacrificed for Park who was on the right. Ronaldo capped the performance with a stunning headed goal as he arrived late in the box to meet a Paul Scholes cross.

The best part of that squad was that Ferguson had multitude of players who were specialists in performing specific roles. Park Ji Sung, Darren Fletcher, Anderson(Who had a very good season) and Owen Hargreaves were players who could play in multiple roles across the pitch but were brilliant tactically in executing exactly what was needed of them.

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