Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reshuffle the Pack or Take a Risk? How LVG Can Replace His Captain

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Reshuffle the Pack or Take a Risk? How LVG Can Replace His Captain

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A SIMPLE RESHUFFLE More often than not, Wayne Rooney's played as the No.10 behind a centre forward. If Louis van Gaal sticks with that system against West Ham he could use Anthony Martial as the striker with either Juan Mata or Memphis Depay behind. Both have played there this season without great success. SPRING A SURPRISE Memphis and Mata are not the only options. Marouane Fellaini or Andreas Pereira would do the job in very different ways but both have experience playing behind a frontman. If Fellaini gets the nod United would naturally play more directly. Van Gaal has done it late in games but has rarely tried it from the start. CHANGE OF FORMATION When Rooney was ruled out of the win over Watford, Van Gaal changed his system. He abandoned his 4-2-3-1 to set up in what looked like a 4-2-2-2 with Memphis and Jesse Lingard up front. …

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