Anyone who saw the Manchester United’s match at QPR on Saturday will have noticed something startling.
For 60 minutes Manchester Untied were terrible. As usual, in the 3-5-2, they popped the ball around in front of the opposition and caused no problems at all. In fact, in the first half, QPR looked like a really decent team.
But, from the moment that Jonny Evans went off and Manchester United went to four at the back, they started looking like a quick, penetrative and fluid side again.
This fact can surely not be ignored by Louis van Gaal any longer. The 3-5-2 has worked in different countries and scenarios. But it ain’t working here. Simple as.
LvG may just put the sudden improvement down to the introduction of the excellent James Wilson, who stretched the legs of the tired opposition when he came on. This is partly true. But, had Wilson been introduced into a 3-5-2, his influence may have been minimal.
Instead they went two up top and looked something like swashbuckling Manchester United again. There were chances aplenty for Falcao and the whole team passed and penetrated with more purpose.
Manchester United would be a very good side if they returned to their 4 at the back instincts.
United fans: agreed?