Manchester United isn’t short of talent, in fact you could argue that they have too much talent to get everyone on the field. They have Juan Mata in the midfield along side Marouane Fellaini, and an especially crowded front line with Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.
New manager Louis van Gaal has abandoned the club’s traditional 4-4-2 formation and is installing a new 5-3-2 scheme. By doing so, Van Gaal thinks he can use the players on his roster all at the same time.
“That’s why I chose this system, I can play them all. But Hernandez can also play in the striker’s position, so can Welbeck,” Van Gaal said, via Sky Sports.
“Rooney can play at No 10 and No 9 and he tells me he can also play at No 11 and No 7, but I prefer him at 9 or 10.
“When you look at the quality of your players you see Rooney, Van Persie, Hernandez, Mata, Welbeck, Fellaini, (Ander) Herrera – a lot of players can play this system.
“So with this system, two strikers can play, the No 10 can play, two midfielders can play, so the specialists become the wingbacks.”