What would Kenny G do?
- May 9, 2013
Conte switched to 3 at the back in 2016/17 after 10-ish (?) games and walked the PL afterwards. Didn't need a preseason.You need a lot of time and work to prepare a 3 at the back deffence. A pre season and some patience after that. And hopefully some ductile players while we're at it. Even if it was the solution, there's no time to implement it.
IMO United's current squad is suited to play either a 4-1-4-1 or a classic 4-4-2, trying to keep a short distance between defenders and attackers and try to play as wide as possible in order to keep stability at the back while creating spaces for Garnacho/Rashford/Antony's run ins and some Hojlund goals from crosses and poaching.
My impression is that the 4-2-3-1, while defensively strong, encapsulates the attack a bit and relies too much on either high precission passing in thight spaces or winning 1v1 duels in order to score (and your squad is good at neither).
(He was Chelsea coach then)