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U-turn! What Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have planned on doing vs Watford

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to arrest his side’s poor start to the season and may have decided on how to do that against Watford.

Man United have been outclassed on several occasions at Old Trafford this season including United’s embarrassing 5-0 and 2-0 defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City.

After United’s massive home defeat to Liverpool, Solskjaer decided on switching to a 3-5-2 formation in a bid to strengthen his side’s backline.

It worked superbly against Tottenham last two weekends after United beat Spurs 3-0 in London. The Norwegian maintained the same formation against Atalanta and Manchester City but failed to improve from the Tottenham performance as United drew at Atalanta and lost at home to City.

Well, it is obvious that the formation hasn’t really helped the Norwegian improve his struggling side and may have seen no reason to maintain a back three against Watford after the international break.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could switch back to a 4-3-2-1 formation against Watford Harry Maguire is struggling with his fitness, Raphael Varane is out injured, and assuming Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly did not get injured while on international duty, Solskjaer would look to work with just two centre-backs – which would enable him to switch back to his usual 4-2-3-1 formation.

This was the same formation he used last season that helped him finish as runners-up both in the Premier League and Europa League. Though the formation has produced mixed results, just as it did in the first weeks of last season, it could just be the best formation Solskjaer is actually good at.

Also, Watford wouldn’t be much of a threat compared to facing the orthodox top six teams and it would be understandable if he dumps the 3-5-2 formation against the Hornets.

And who knows? That could be the start of a good run of form for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United.

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