Man United’s predicted 4-3-3 formation if Zidane is appointed as manager

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Manchester United are reportedly interested in convincing former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to succeed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford according to a report by The Times. Zidane who is currently unemployed has won three Champions League titles and 2 La Liga titles as the Real Madrid manager. His record as a manager is exemplary but the Frenchman might not want to take over United at this point of time. He is reportedly interested in taking over as the manager for French National team.

At Real Madrid, Zidane primarily preferred to play with a 4-3-3 formation with a strong midfield 3 who are good on the ball as well defensively aware. Zidane is happy to either play on the counter or dominate possession according to the situation. He is not a coach who has a defining philosophy and choses to adjust his formation and tactics according to the situation.

Man United’s 4-3-3 formation under Zidane

Zidane prefers all of his three midfielders to shoulder defensive responsibility as well as control the game. This might the toughest part for him to solve at United. Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are more effective in the final third and they will have to change their game to adapt to playing in Zidane’s 4-3-3 formation. So Zidane will have to either tweak his starting formation or convince Bruno and Pogba to tweak their game. Along with the 4-3-3 being Zidane’s preferred tactics, it can also get the best out of the plethora of attackers United have at the moment. Jadon Sancho who at the moment looks lost will be more comfortable on the right in a 4-3-3 because of the reduced defensive responsibilities.

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Solskjaer has tried the 4-2-3-1 and recently switched to a back three and both have not worked out for United. It might be time for a change of manager as well the starting formation for United.


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