How Man Utd can line up with three at the back as Ralf Rangnick admits he is ready to scrap the 4-2-2-2 test

RALF RANGNICK admits he could find a way to deploy a three-man defence at Manchester United.

The Reds’ interim boss has seen his new team struggle to adapted to his 4-2-2-2 formation.


And Rangnick is now ready to start things when he find a way to save the season with a daring 3-4-3 system.

David De Gea is safe as United’s No 1 against Dean Henderson.

And Rangnick’s three central defenders are likely to be Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire alongside Raphael Varane.

In the position of full-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw seem to be favored by Rangnick.

And a partnership between the central midfielders of Scott McTominay and Fred is also possible.

In attack, Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely take the lead in the central striker role.


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What Ralf said about the possibility of changing the lineup

“I think most teams have their system in England and they follow that system.

“But there are also teams that switch from defender 3 to defender 4, or from defender four to defender three.

“Either – like Bayern Munich, or [RB] Leipzig, who did the same thing last season with Julien Nagelsmann – even when they play defensively in a back four, they try to rotate in this system, this formation, into a defender. three is a bit asymmetrical.

“I think with our team we have those two options. To play with three defenders, we need most of the centre-backs.

“I think according to Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] team did it, for example, in games like Tottenham, Atalanta away, or against Manchester City in the derby.

“I think we can play in a three-man defence, which could be an option for us but, like I said, it also depends on the players available, on fitness and form. current players and to a certain extent, for the team we are playing for. “

And he could be backed by Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.

But there are plenty of other options for Rangnick.

Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles will all start.

And Rangnick can even tweak things further, going from a 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2.

That could see players like Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and even Donny van de Beek have a chance in a solid third midfield.

And up front, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood could be potential partners for Ronaldo.

There are still more possibilities, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard and even the fugitive Anthony Martial still available.

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Huynh Nguyen

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