which I enjoyed.
A lot has been made of Ole's style of play and lack of a recognised system.
So what would be the best for us to play with the current squad and what should we aim for.
Under SAF he got it down to a fine art.
A left footed winger, Giggs, backed up by a leftie fullback Evra.
A right winger Becks backed up by Gary.
A CB with pace Rio, and one with power Vidic.
A defensive mid Roy
An attacking mid Scholes
An inside forward Yorke sub Sheringham
Striker Cole sub Ole.
No square pegs in round holes, everybody knew their jobs.
4 - 2 - 4.
Now can we play that now, it's gone out of fashion and we certainly don't have the players.
I would go for 4 - 3 - 3
With one of the mids bolstering the attack.
The problem Ole has been given is that we have no real wingers. So no equal to the Giggs/Evra setup. So the fullbacks have to do it all. I think AWB can grow into the role and hope Williams can.
Our centreback situation is compounded by injuries.
Maguire is the Vidic role. Perhaps Tzuanebe or Bailly could have been a good partner but who knows?
Smalling yes, but the worry is he can't keep his hands to himself in the box, and with VAR it could be fatal.
I am assuming Pogba is gone and Bruno coming.
So Fred defensive midfield, McT box to box and Bruno attacking.
For the moment Rashy, James and Martial upfront.
That looks a more balanced team to me, and then we can buy a player that is better than the current if and when they become available.
Subs are a problem as we don't have good strength in depth to cover injuries, but it will have to be gradual.
I think the criticism of Ole's style of play a little unfair, losing Pogba meant he pretty much had to go with a counter attacking style, especially bearing in mind our pacy forwards.
But we don't have the players to play a style that easily opens stubborn defences
Hopefully Bruno would help us in both situations.
So what is the feeling about the style we should adopt, and what has Ole been doing wrong, and how to put it right, if anything.
A good debate below on "Competing"
which I enjoyed.