Originally Posted by Shotgun raisin
Have we ever played a 4-3-3 well without Anderson? Not that I can remember. Without him there's nobody to bridge the gap between midfield and attack.
It's difficult to make a convincing case for dropping one of Scholes, Carrick or Hargreaves, but as far as the team is concerned Anderson's important to he way we play in big games. I don't think he'll start but I hope he does.
And if Anderson is on the bench, I reckon the onus will be more on Carrick to get forward than Scholes.
We played against Roma at home in a 4-3-3, then it was Hargreaves job to support the attack, and he was superb that game. Can't think of many other times we have done it and played really well.
Usually when we play a 4-3-3 it's either Anderson, Hargreaves, Scholes or Fletcher that gets forward, never Carrick, he just sits and picks the ball off the defenders. I agree Anderson is the best in this system (4-3-3) at joining in the attack by some distance. We dont play it that often though, SAF likes his 4-2-3-1, and in that system Carrick and Scholes usually get picked if fit with Tevez ahead of them.
Everybody seems to think we will match Chelsea in Moscow and go 4-3-3, if we did I think Anderson may or should perhaps get the nod. Personally I think we will go 4-2-3-1.