Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Return of Old Formation Is Smiles Better for Sissoko; United Schemer and Striking United Schemer and Striking Colleague Cabella Given a New Lease of Life by Playing 4-3-3

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Return of Old Formation Is Smiles Better for Sissoko; United Schemer and Striking United Schemer and Striking Colleague Cabella Given a New Lease of Life by Playing 4-3-3

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

UNITED'S best winning run since their hot streak at the end of the 2011/12 season has coincided with the return of the 4-3-3 system under NEWCASTLE UNIT run since their hot streak at the end of the 2011/12 season has coincided with the return of the 4-3-3 system under Alan Pardew.

The fluid system has resulted in the Magpies packing the midfield in recent games and allowing opponents to have possession before hitting them quickly and dangerously on the break to good effect.

In the early part of the season, United played with a 4-2-3-1 formation which left Manu Riviere looking a little isolated at times with their shape more rigid and the ex-Monaco man not getting much service.

However, as Pardew's team has gelled in recent games and became more familiar with each other the results are there for all to see.

However, as Pardew's team has gelled in recent games and became more familiar with each other the results are there for all to see.

Five wins on the spin is the best run of pril 2012 when the black and whites bagged a place in the Europa Five wins on the spin is the best run of victories since April 2012 when the black A and whites bagged a place in the League.

It was 12 months ago they won four eague games in a row when Pardew was crowned manager of the It was 12 months ago they won four Premier League games in a row when Pardew was crowned manager of the month.

Just like both hot streaks, United are starting to look dangerous when they go forward.

Turn the clock back to 2012 and it was stars like Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben And Demba Ba who were key figures in Turn the clock back to 2012 and it was stars like Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba who were key figures in that formation, although Ba was not exactly delighted to be switched to the left - allowing Papiss Cisse to feature in the central role.

When Pardew tried to reverse the situation the next season and played the No 9 on the right hand side it did not suit the United goal-getter either.

Against West Brom, Sammy Ameobi was the man on the left-hand side with Remy Cabella on the right and Ayoze A Perez in the middle.

Whether Pardew interrupts that lineup in his final third against Queens Park Rangers remains to be seen, but Perez is looking dangerous and capable of taking any chances served up for him.

A toe injury to Mehdi toe injury to Mehdi Abeid means A Pardew is likely to have to change one of his holding midfielders but the other highlight of the formation which has Toon fans excited again is the form of Moussa Sissoko.

The French international's bustling runs are back with us on a consistent basis.

Sissoko is smiling at the moment and looks like he is enjoying his football and it has to be said when Fabricio Coloccini handed him the skipper's armband at the Hawthorns he looked delighted. …

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