That's basically Leverkusen circa 2002. It was more a 4-1-4-1 as the widemen (Zé Roberto and Schneider) were competent midfielders.This is similar to what I see us having at United one day in a 352.
Sheffield United seem to play with a sweeper that allows the CB's to get wider & forward.
The only difference I see at United in the 352 is a false 9 and a 'false sweeper'.
The false sweeper is someone who starts at CDM & moves to the centre of defence when United have possession of the ball. The 2 CB's widens across the pitch to get the ball forward whilst the fullbacks push forward.
- Dalot - Lindelof - De ligt - shaw
- Lindelof - Rice - De Ligt
- Dalot Shaw
Basically shifting from a back 2 in to a back 3 when on the attack - allowing the rest of the team to go forward & players like Pogba have a lot of freedom.
On the other side there will be a false Nine that allows our forwards to split wide & receive the ball at angles.
A diamond formation with 2 false positions.
Ramelow dropped into a three (as he did for Germany, and Edmilson for Brazil to release Cafú and Carlos) and the mobile midget that was Oliver Neuville wasn't precisely a classic centreforward.
They were a very interesting side and you could argue it would make Pogba shine as brightly as Ballack did.