Arsenal vs Manchester United – Potential 4-3-3: Valencia starts

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal has started to use the 4-3-3 formation in recent games for Manchester United and away to Arsenal, it may once again offer him the improved defensive solidarity he is after.

It goes without saying that the major problems are in defence thanks to the never-ending list of injuries and out of the back five we’ve selected, Luke Shaw is the only player you’d confidently say was certain to start. Thanks to injuries and fitness, the others are all subject to change.

What this formation offers that the 4-4-2 diamond doesn’t is far a better unit in defence and Daley Blind will be crucial for United in protecting the back four if he is used in his strongest role as an anchor in midfield.

In attack, Angel di Maria will be who United will look towards to create the spark. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney could be used once again as a deeper lying midfielder and Antonio Valencia could make a rare start to offer more protection on the right flank for United.

Up front, Robin van Persie gets his starting position by default given that it is an away trip to his old team.


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