By Asif Norat

Despite their defeats to Watford and Feyenoord recently, Manchester United need to carry on with the 4-3-3 system to get the best out of their key players.

The current midfield isn’t the right one to lead the Red Devils to instant success, so Jose Mourinho will need to make some tough calls; one will include dropping the captain, Wayne Rooney, who has been awful for quite some time.

Face it – a midfield three of Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini will never work – with none of them being a natural defensive midfielder and the midfield balance is not at the right level.

The first thing Mourinho has to do is start a defensive midfielder that is good on the ball, either Michael Carrick or Daley Blind would do. The fact that the centre-back partnership is Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly means the defensive midfielder doesn’t need to be a physical player such as Fellaini.

After spending £89 million on Paul Pogba this summer, it is important that the team is built around him; the former Juventus star will be at the club for a long time and play a key role towards United’s success.

At the moment, the Frenchman is being used as a double pivot alongside Fellaini, which isn’t working well.

Also, playing a midfield trio allows the wing players like Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to cut infield.

The Armenian thrived in a 4-3-3 setup last season at Borussia Dortmund and went on to net 11 times and provide 15 assists.

When Mourinho was at Real Madrid and Chelsea, most of his achievements at the respective clubs arrived after he started playing with a three-man midfield.

At this moment of time, it looks like he is playing a system to accommodate Rooney instead of playing to other key players’ strengths.

Soon or later Mourinho will find out the captain no longer deserves an automatic selection in the first team line-up and it could surely lead to the side playing better and more free-flowing football.


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