By Dave Marshall
Jose Mourinho has admitted that there is every possibility that the three-at-the-back system currently changing English football may be a firm fixture in the club’s matches in the 2017/18 season. The 20-time Premier League champions are currently in the US for their pre-season tour and trounced LA Galaxy 5-2 on Saturday playing three defenders at the back in both halves.
Goals from Marcus Rashford who scored two, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini ensured that United kicked off our gruelling pre-season schedule stateside.
The arrival of Victor Lindelof has ensured that the Portuguese tactician is spoilt for choice in the heart of the defence, meaning that 3 centre-backs could be used to offer more solidity to the defence in the coming season.
As culled from Sportsmole, he said: “We have trained for five days and in these five days we trained for two days in the relation to this system [three at the back].
“The improvements are in relation to four hours of work so I couldn’t expect much better, it’s something we have to keep working on in case during the season we decide to play three at the back.
“We did it twice against Rostov and maybe we want to do it more times,” he told reporters after the game.
Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte revolutionised the 3-4-3 formation last term. After two consecutive defeats last September against Liverpool and Arsenal, but a switch to the formation set The Blues on a 13-match winning run, which ultimately ensured that most teams tried to mirror them in a bid to stop them – all to little degrees of success.
United have signed Romelu Lukaku and Lindelof in this summer’s transfer window as we look to improve on last season’s sixth-placed finish on the log.