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Gary Neville has opened up on Manchester United’s latest poor form, claiming that Sir Alex Ferguson would play two attackers up top and four midfielders in order to improve the team’s game.
The Red Devils faced another defeat to Leicester City at the weekend following the international break, with the Foxes beating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 4 – 2.
United have picked just one point from possible nine in their last three Premier League matches – two of them at Old Trafford.
Neville believes that the club needs to bring Edinson Cavani into the starting XI and play him along with Cristiano Ronaldo. Meanwhile, the team should have a narrow, combative midfield.
Former United man said on an Instagram Live on Sunday:
“I like Cavani. Do you know what, I’d stick Cavani and Ronaldo up front and play two up and play a narrow midfield four.”
“I always remember when we were in trouble at times at United, Sir Alex would put Nicky Butt in midfield with Roy Keane.
“He’d put Scholes just off to the left and tuck him in a bit, he’d put Becks to the right – or he’d even put Darren Fletcher to the right – and play a narrow four and leave the two strikers up knowing they’d get a goal.
“We always used to work on the theory, when we were playing badly and we were in a bad moment, that you keep your shape, keep a clean sheet and just one of them lot up front will score a goal.
“I know it sounds really, really simple but when you’re going through a difficult time you don’t really want coaches blurting loads of really high-end tactics to you and loads of nonsense. You just really want simple messages. Football players want simple, clear messages.”
“I think really the idea of United working on something really simple for the next month, might be that 4-3-3 that they play, but they’re going to have to work a lot harder this week and mentally change their mindset to: we’re going to be tough to beat. We’re not going to let Liverpool come to Old Trafford next Sunday and do what they want to us out on that pitch.
“Just get your shape right this week in training. Get your defensive shape right. I don’t believe that Pogba, Matic, Sancho, Greenwood, Ronaldo, don’t know how to get into a good shape. They do. And certainly Ole and the coaching staff need to focus on that in the next few days.
“Get them into a shape defensively and the goals and the football will come from that, the foundations need to be built. And at this moment in time they’re nowhere near good enough out of possession and that’s the focal point.”