How will Ronaldo fit in at Man United? A look at Solskjaer’s thrilling 4-3-3 formation


With multiple reports indicating that Cristiano Ronaldo is close to joining Manchester United this summer, let’s take a look at how he might fit in Ole’s starting eleven. Solskjaer has generally stuck to a 4-2-3-1 formation with a double pivot for Fred and McTominay but to accommodate Ronaldo, he might have to choose the 4-3-3 formation. The 4-3-3 formation would allow for a more fluid front three and would put more onus on the midfield three to protect the defence. Solskjaer might have a tough time convincing both Pogba and Bruno to play deeper roles but this might have to be done because of Ronaldo’s reduced work rate and his unwillingness to run the channels.

Manchester United’s 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo

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Manchester United’s 4-3-3 formation with Ronaldo

The biggest problem for Solskjaer would be in the big games where he prefers to sit back and hit teams on the counter. And for this counter-attacking tactic, a Fred + McTominay double pivot has been very vital for United. Undoing this partnership and asking Pogba to play a deeper role might expose United’s defence a lot more that Solskjaer wishes to. But with a Varane+Maguire partnership, he should trust them more to win 1v1 battles against attackers. A 4-2-3-1 formation which Solskjaer favours right now certainly offers more solidity but with the attacking options he has at the moment with the probable addition of Ronaldo, he should certainly opt for a more fluid and attacking formation.

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Alternate Formation with Ronaldo for Big games

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18 Responses

    1. Fred is the poison in United squad. We need to sell these kind of players
      – Martial, Fred, Jones and Matic must go

      1. Fred never a poison, the rest, I agree. Every match Fred plays is a plus. Fred is a fighter from our goal to the opponents goal..

  1. I believe Ronaldo come to save Ole’s caree at old Trafford. It’s a good signing for Manchester united at large . I hope cavani and Ronaldo will lead Manchester at a promised land

  2. Fred is the weakest player @ utd.. (& thats sayin alot with lindolof there).. he has 1 decent game out of 100.. gives ball away ALOT like hes afraid of it.. , kicks ball out instead off crossing, defends silly either own goal or red card.. only scores when utd 3,4 up already… utd always hav bad luck wid brazil players… the best brazilians join other teams…🙆🏽‍♂️🙆🏽‍♂️

  3. I love the idea of signing Ronaldo, if not anything for protecting our legacy going to man City will be a heartbeat to us

  4. I really love the signing of Ronaldo, a very good decision, but the team urgently needs DM,an out an out defensive midfielder with a bullet in both feet….Bring in Rice and then we can talk..

  5. Mumu coach mak dem sack dat man abeg we need a dm lik rodri man city ,witsel ,casemiro,ndidi, ar which I for coach man Yu now I for no loose any match for dis life Yu for see

  6. I really love the signing of Ronaldo he calmed to save man utd I really love the guys Ronaldo and he also Worth balon d or if he works hard focus on the goal

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