The intriguing thing for Manchester United fans this summer is that they don’t even know what formation Louis van Gaal will play next season, never mind which players he will buy.
But still they look forward with excitement rather than apprehension because they feel that the future of Manchester United is once again in safe hands.
LvG is very much the sort of manager who adapts to his surroundings, so his formation could well be dictated to by the specific talents that he finds available to him in the squad.
But he has regularly employed 4-3-3 and 3-5-2/5-3-2 formations in his previous coaching roles and with the national side at The World Cup this year.
Those formations require pace and adaptability on the flanks and reports today suggest that Manchester United could invest heavily in mobile wide men this summer.
We spoke earlier about Manchester United’s potential interest in Dutchman Daley Blind and latest reports suggest that the brilliant Juan Cuadrado could be recruited for the other wing. Both have great engines and both look as if they could play in a variety of roles on their respective flanks.
The Express reports:
MANCHESTER UNITED are preparing to launch a £30m (37.9m Euros) bid for Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado before the end of next week.
Manchester United would have a real battle on their hands to sign this lad as he’s drawn many admiring glances, not least from Barcelona.
But the 26 year old Colombian is a dream of a player – he’s got all of Antonio Valencia’s pace and endurance but with a bit more guile, a better delivery and a far superior finish.
Manchester United fans: would Cuadrado bring the magic back to United’s wing play?